The 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) promises to be a blockbuster of an event. It’ll be the return of franchise T20 cricket which the fans have so dearly missed over these past five months. The CPL always produces some exciting encounters and over the years has produced some classics and given us stars to remember. The quality of cricket is high and the competition is intense.
Today, we’ll be looking at the men who are going to lead these six teams in the 2020 Caribbean Premier League.
JASON HOLDER (Barbados Tridents)
Defending champions, Barbados Tridents couldn’t have asked for a better man leading their team in the 2020 Caribbean Premier League. The West Indies team captain Jason Holder is one of the best all-rounders going around in the cricketing world. Holder hasn’t shown his class with the bat in this format, as he averages only 13.05 in domestic T20 matches, but with the ball he has been more than handy with a strike rate of 26.5 and a decent economy of 7.76. Opposition needs to be wary of his ability to pick up wickets with the new ball. The 2019 CPL was a personal best for Holder as he managed to pick up 14 wickets in the tournament.
CHRIS GREEN (Guyana Amazon Warrior)
The Guyana Amazon Warriors were the only team undecided on their leader coming into this tournament and have finally announced Chris Green as their captain for the 2020 Caribbean Premier League. He will be the only overseas captain in this tournament this year. The Australian all-rounder is back with the Guyana Warriors, having played for the team in 2018 previously. Green stood in as captain during the 2018 season, so this will be his second spell in charge of the Amazon Warriors. Predominantly an off-spinner, Green is a T20 specialist as he is super miserly and doesn’t give any loose balls to the batsman. Since 2015, Green has been the most economical spinner in the Big Bash League, finding himself amongst the likes of Rashid Khan and Sunil Narine.
ROVMAN POWELL (Jamaica Tallawahs)
A hard-hitting middle-order batsman, Rovman Powell on his day can destroy any bowling line-up in front of him. In 2018, he also went on to captain the West Indies team in a One Day International. Powell’s best CPL was also in 2018, when he went on to score at an average of 54.8 and a strike rate of 162.1. He has scored three half-centuries in his CPL career and will look to lead the Jamaica Tallawahs to their third title in the 2020 Caribbean Premier League edition.
RAYAD EMRIT (St Kitts and Nevis Patriots)
Rayad Emrit is one of the most experienced players in the CPL. He stands as the third-highest wicket-taker in CPL history and has played 75 competitive CPL matches. At 39, he is one of the oldest players in the competition. After three seasons with the Guyana Amazon Warriors, he moved to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and is in his second consecutive season with them. In his seven years in the competition, he has picked up 85 wickets at an average of 23.4 and a brilliant strike rate of 17.9.
DARREN SAMMY (St Lucia Zouks)
T20 World Cup winning captain for the West Indies, Darren Sammy will look to get the St Lucia Zouks their first-ever CPL title. The all-rounder was the first player from St Lucia to be named as the West Indies captain. He hasn’t bowled much in the past couple of years but still has the match-winning ability on his day. St Lucia has never reached the final of the tournament yet, so that is something the ever-so-inspiring Sammy would look to change.
KIERON POLLARD (Trinbago Knight Riders)
Mr T20 himself, Kieron Pollard will lead the Trinbago Knight Riders in the 2020 Caribbean Premier League. He is a veteran of white-ball cricket having represented the West Indies in two 50 overs World Cup and three T20 World Cups. Pollard was picked up in the 2019 CPL Auctions by the Knight Riders and this will be his third CPL team after previous stints with the Barbados Tridents and St Lucia Stars. His record in CPL cricket is fantastic, as he averages 35.9 and strikes at 148.6. Past two years have been phenomenal for Pollard in the CPL with him scoring more than 300 runs in both editions of the tournament. No wonder his team is amongst the favourites to win the tournament.
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