The cricket extravaganza in the West Indies is all set to commence as the Caribbean Premier League 2020 is kick-starting from August 18. Trinidad and Tobago will play hosts to players from all across the globe participating in the tournament with the matches slated to be played behind closed doors.
The Caribbean Premier League is one of the most celebrated and competitive domestic T20 leagues in the world and is in its eighth year currently. A total of six teams will compete against each other hoping to lift the trophy on September 10. Here we take a look at the frontrunners to win the Caribbean Premier League this year.
TRINBAGO KNIGHT RIDERS
Bookies favourites to win their fourth Caribbean Premier League title, Trinbago Knight Riders have the advantage of playing at home for the entire tournament. Led by the ever-inspirational Kieron Pollard, the Knight Riders have a lot of T20 experience within their line-up. They have arguably the best all-round T20 player in Dwayne Bravo and an all-time great in Sunil Narine in the squad. Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo are the other top domestic players who are part of the team. Colin Munro, Tim Seifert, Fawad Ahmed and Pravin Tambe are the big foreign names that will complete this formidable line-up.
GUYANA AMAZON WARRIORS
Runners-up in the previous two editions of the Caribbean Premier League, Guyana Amazon Warriors, come into this year with the joint best chances of winning the tournament. Guyana have been the unluckiest team of the league having lost five finals in eight years of the competition. The final step has eluded them for the longest time and they’ll be hoping to break the jinx this season. They have a strong core of domestic players in Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Keemo Paul and last years’ highest run-getter, Brandon King. Experienced players like Ross Taylor, Imran Tahir and Chris Green will increase the all-round quality of the squad. Expect big things from this team this year.
The defending champions, Barbados Tridents will yet again be one of the favourites to win the tournament. Led by West Indies’ captain Jason Holder, Barbados have a strong line-up with the likes of Johnson Charles, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope and last years’ player of the tournament, Hayden Walsh as their top domestic talents. They have more than handy overseas players as well in Rashid Khan, Corey Anderson and Mitchell Santner in their ranks.
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