Team analysis, schedule, betting tips, today match predictions and more on Caribbean Premier League, the most popular twenty20 tournament of the Caribbean, starting from 26 Aug till 15 Sep 2021
The Caribbean Premier League returns on August 26 with some of the biggest names in T20 cricket ready to play in the tournament.
All 33 matches will take place in Saint Kitts and Nevis where global cricketing superstars will congregate to try and wrestle the title away from the 2020 Champions Trinbago Knight Riders.
As there is no crossover with the rescheduled IPL, the CPL has managed to attract overseas big names such as Colin Munro, Shakib al Hasan, Faf du Plessis, Matthew Wade, and Sandeep Lamichhane.
Trinbago Knight Riders have Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo in their side again. Simmons top scored in the 2020 tournament with 356 runs, Darren Bravo finished in 3rd place with 297.
Guyana Amazon Warriors are favourites for the 2021 competition, followed by holders Trinbago Knight Riders and then Barbados Royals.
Barbados Tridents, the defending champions, as well St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and Jamaica Tallawahs are among the middle prices and St Lucia Zouks start as outsiders.
|Aug 26, Thu||Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Trinbago Knight Riders, 1st Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM LOCAL||-|
|Aug 26, Thu||Barbados Royals vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, 2nd Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||4:30 AM (Aug 27) IST, 11:00 PM GMT, 07:00 PM LOCAL||-|
|Aug 27, Fri||Jamaica Tallawahs vs Saint Lucia Kings, 3rd Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM LOCAL||-|
|Aug 27, Fri||Trinbago Knight Riders vs Barbados Royals, 4th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||4:30 AM (Aug 28) IST, 11:00 PM GMT, 07:00 PM LOCAL||-|
|Aug 28, Sat||Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, 5th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM LOCAL||-|
|Aug 28, Sat||Jamaica Tallawahs vs Barbados Royals, 6th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||12:00 AM (Aug 29) IST, 06:30 PM GMT, 02:30 PM LOCAL||-|
|Aug 29, Sun||Saint Lucia Kings vs Trinbago Knight Riders, 7th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM LOCAL||-|
|Aug 29, Sun||St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Guyana Amazon Warriors, 8th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||12:00 AM (Aug 30) IST, 06:30 PM GMT, 02:30 PM LOCAL||-|
|Aug 31, Tue||Trinbago Knight Riders vs Saint Lucia Kings, 9th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM LOCAL||-|
|Aug 31, Tue||Barbados Royals vs Jamaica Tallawahs, 10th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||4:30 AM (Sep 01) IST, 11:00 PM GMT, 07:00 PM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 01, Wed||Trinbago Knight Riders vs Guyana Amazon Warriors, 11th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 01, Wed||Jamaica Tallawahs vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, 12th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||4:30 AM (Sep 02) IST, 11:00 PM GMT, 07:00 PM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 02, Thu||Saint Lucia Kings vs Guyana Amazon Warriors, 13th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 02, Thu||St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Barbados Royals, 14th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||4:30 AM (Sep 03) IST, 11:00 PM GMT, 07:00 PM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 04, Sat||Saint Lucia Kings vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, 15th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 04, Sat||Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Barbados Royals, 16th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||12:00 AM (Sep 05) IST, 06:30 PM GMT, 02:30 PM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 05, Sun||St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Saint Lucia Kings, 17th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 05, Sun||Trinbago Knight Riders vs Jamaica Tallawahs, 18th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||12:00 AM (Sep 06) IST, 06:30 PM GMT, 02:30 PM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 07, Tue||Jamaica Tallawahs vs Trinbago Knight Riders, 19th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 07, Tue||Barbados Royals vs Guyana Amazon Warriors, 20th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||4:30 AM (Sep 08) IST, 11:00 PM GMT, 07:00 PM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 08, Wed||St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Jamaica Tallawahs, 21st Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 08, Wed||Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Saint Lucia Kings, 22nd Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||4:30 AM (Sep 09) IST, 11:00 PM GMT, 07:00 PM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 09, Thu||Barbados Royals vs Trinbago Knight Riders, 23rd Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 09, Thu||Saint Lucia Kings vs Jamaica Tallawahs, 24th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||4:30 AM (Sep 10) IST, 11:00 PM GMT, 07:00 PM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 11, Sat||Saint Lucia Kings vs Barbados Royals, 25th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 11, Sat||Jamaica Tallawahs vs Guyana Amazon Warriors, 26th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||12:00 AM (Sep 12) IST, 06:30 PM GMT, 02:30 PM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 11, Sat||Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, 27th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||4:30 AM (Sep 12) IST, 11:00 PM GMT, 07:00 PM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 12, Sun||Barbados Royals vs Saint Lucia Kings, 28th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 12, Sun||Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Jamaica Tallawahs, 29th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||12:00 AM (Sep 13) IST, 06:30 PM GMT, 02:30 PM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 12, Sun||St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Trinbago Knight Riders, 30th Match Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||4:30 AM (Sep 13) IST, 11:00 PM GMT, 07:00 PM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 14, Tue||TBC vs TBC, 1st Semi final (1st v 4th) Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 14, Tue||TBC vs TBC, 2nd Semi final (2nd vs 3rd) Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||4:30 AM (Sep 15) IST, 11:00 PM GMT, 07:00 PM LOCAL||-|
|Sep 15, Wed||TBC vs TBC, Final Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts||7:30 PM 02:00 PM GMT / 10:00 AM LOCAL||-|
We have a new name for the Barbados Royals who have been brought under the Rajasthan Royals umbrella. They will be hoping for an immediate change in fortune for the side who picked up only six points and finished next to bottom in 2021. This was quite the turnaround after winning the 2020 tournament.
Former West Indies skipper Jason Holder retains the captaincy and he will be joined by the familiar faces of Hayden Walsh and Shai Hope. Kyle Mayers, who hit 210* on Test debut for West Indies in Bangladesh earlier this year, was their highest run scorer in 2020 and returns with a far bigger profile this time.
Mayers and Johnson Charles were the top run scorers for the franchise last year with Rashid Khan and Jason Holders the chief wicket takers. Afghanistan’s Khan will not be returning for Barbados this year and will be a big loss to the side.
In place of Khan, the Royals have signed Mohammad Amir, the vastly experienced left-arm bowler who has played in many of the top T20 leagues across the globe. Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera feature in a strong list of overseas signings.
Hayden Walsh may feel like a new signing as the West Indies spinner has enjoyed an incredible couple of months in which he took 19 wickets in 8 white-ball games against Australia.
Barbados Royals won the CPL in 2014 and 2019 but have finished 5th or 6th in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2010.
The former West Indies captain hit 192 runs and took 10 wickets in an under-performing team in 2020.
Top scored for Barbados with 222 runs last year before announcing himself as a top batter and useful bowler on the international stage.
The spinner has enjoyed a breakthrough season after dominating the Australia team in IT20 and ODI fixtures.
The West Indies batsman has found himself back in the Test side and hit 6 consecutive ODI centuries from 2020-2021.
The retired international bowler is a familiar face on the franchise circuit who terrorises batsmen with late swing and pace.
Jason Holder, Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, Kyle Mayers, Hayden Walsh, Raymon Reifer, Justin Greaves, Nyeem Young, Joshua Bishop, Mohammad Amir, Thisara Perera, Azam Khan, Shafiqullah Ghafari, Oshane Thomas, Ashley Nurse, Smit Patel
Barbados Royals have once again brought together a very talented group of players and they will be under no illusions that a 5th place finish will not be acceptable under the new regime. We expect to see Kyle Mayers and Hayden Walsh to return to the competition playing with a high level of confidence.
Barbados Royals (BR) CPL 2021 odds
Barbados Royals are 5.50 with Betway to win the 2021 Carribean Premier League.
This season’s pre-tournament favourites finished in 2nd place in the group stage before being knocked out in the semi-finals last year. Their top performers from 2020 are all available again. Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran will be expected to produce the big runs, Imran Tahir is the chief wicket-taker.
Pooran will captain the team taking over from Australia’s bowling all-rounder Chris Green. The Warriors fell apart in last year’s semi-final when they posted the second-lowest total in CPL history.
Hetmyer and Pooran were the 4th and 5th top run-scorers in the 2020 CPL with Imran Tahir finishing in 3rd place on the wickets list.
After a year away from the CPL, Shoaib Malik returns to the Warriors. He will be joined by his compatriot Mohammad Hafeez who recently registered his best IT20 bowling figures in the West Indies v Pakistan series in the Caribbean. The pair add valuable experience to the squad, At the other end of the age spectrum, Afghanistan’s 19 year old left-arm wrist spinner Waqar Salamkheil will also be part of the side.
However, the Warriors will be without Ross Taylor and captain Chris Green. Sherfane Rutherford, who had a disappointing 2020 season, was released and picked up by St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
Guyana Amazon Warriors have finished as runners-up in 5 of the 8 CPL seasons. They will be hoping they can make the final step in this campaign.
The big hitting keeper-batsman has played across all the main T20 Franchise Leagues and made 245 runs in the 2020 CPL season.
The South African leg-spinner produces dismissals wherever in the world he plays the game. He took 15 wickets in 11 games last year.
The left-handed batsman got valuable experience in the PSL with Multan Sultans earlier this year and hit 3 half-centuries in the 2020 CPL.
The Afghanistan pace bowler enjoyed an excellent T20 Blast campaign for Leicestershire Foxes. He topped the wickets list with 26 dismissals from 14 games.
The 39 year old all-rounder averages 43.60 with the bat and 15.66 with the ball in the CPL.
Nicholas Pooran, Imran Tahir, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Naveen-ul-Haq, Romario Shepherd, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Odean Smith, Anthony Bramble, Kevin Sinclair, Ashmead Nedd, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Waqar Salamkheil, Nial Smith, Gudakesh Motie
Guyana Amazon Warriors have always been competitive in the CPL but look poised to have a real go at the title in 2021. They have put together an extremely talented squad and the experience brought by Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik should not be undervalued.
We expect to see Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran to deliver the runs again with Imran Tahir and Naveen-ul-Haq the leading bowlers.
Guyana Warriors are 5.00 with Betway to win the 2021 Caribbean Premier League
The Tallawahs scraped into the play-offs last season in spite of winning only three games during the group stage. However, they were well beaten by tournament winners Trinbago Knight Riders in the semi-final by 9 wickets.
Rovman Powell will captain the side for the second successive year and he will have local internationals Carlos Brathwaite, Fidel Edwards and Andre Russell to call upon. Bolstering the team from overseas are Shakib Al Hasan from Bangladesh, Haider Ali from Pakistan, Migael Pretorius from South Africa and Ibrahim Zadran alongside Qais Ahmad from Afghanistan. Between them they will provide plenty of runs and useful wickets.
Runs last year came from Glenn Phillips (316) and Andre Russell (222) but the New Zealander will not be returning to the CPL this year. The Tallawahs will also be without Nkrumah Bonner who has had a strong start to his international career.
Mujeeb ur Rahman took the most wickets for Jamaica Tallawahs in the tournament in 2020 but will be on international duty for Afghanistan this time. Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane took 12 wickets but will be representing holders Trinbago Knight Riders this time.
Jamaica won the CPL in 2013 and 2016 but have not finished above 4th since their last title.
The all-rounder had a lean time with the bat in 2020 but took 10 wickets across the tournament.
Averaged 44.40 with the bat last year which included 3 half-centuries as well as chipping in with 3 wickets.
The Bangladesh all-rounder returns for his 6th season of CPL cricket with a bowling average of 6.75
The young Pakistan batsman will make his debut in the CPL and is an explosive player.
The former West Indies limited-overs captain is a reliable presence in the middle order.
Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite, Chadwick Walton, Fidel Edwards, Veerasammy Permaul, Ryan Persaud, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Haider Ali, Jason Mohammed, Qais Ahmad, Ibrahim Zadran, Kemar Lewis, Abhujai Mansingh, Joshua James, Kirk McKenzie
There are plenty of big names in this Jamaica Tallawahs team and the chances of a top three finish for the first time since 2016 look strong. We expect Andre Russell to set the pace in the batting with the experienced Fidel Edwards the main man with the ball in hand.
Jamaica Tallawahs are 6.00 with Betway to win the 2021 Carribean Premier League.
The Patriots finished bottom of the CPL in 2020 after winning only one game during the entire tournament. Their only victory came over 5th placed Barbados Tridents during a largely forgettable campaign.
Rayad Emrit will captain the Patriots who, unsurprisingly after the trevails of last year, have a much changed side. Evin Lewis top scored for the team last year with skipper Emrit the leading wicket taker.
Departing players from the 2020 season include Chris Lynn, Denesh Ramdin, Alzarri Joseph, Ben Dunk, Sohail Tanvir and Ish Sodhi.
Incoming to the Patriots are Dwayne Bravo, Fabian Allen, Sherfane Rutherford, Chris Gayle, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Devon Thomas and Mikyle Louis.
Only Joshua Da Silva and Evin Lewis made a half-century last year with Emrit’s 11 wickets five ahead of any other bowler.
The Patriots have never won the CPL with 2017 the only year they have reached the final of the competition.
The captain picked up 11 wickets during the 2020 CPL and leads a much changed squad in 2021.
The big-hitting opening batsman started the year in excellent batting form for the West Indies before lockdown. He will be keen to get straight back to that.
The all-rounder was ruled out of last year’s tournament after missing a flight. He has a great deal of franchise cricket experience.
Bravo is one of the best T20 all-rounders. He can score big knocks and is capable of taking crucial wickets.
The ‘Universe Boss’ played for his native Jamaica for many years before signing for Saint Lucia Kings in 2020. He pulled out of the tournament in advance and is now with the Patriots.
Rayad Emrit, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Sherfane Rutherford, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Dominic Drakes, Joshua Da Silva, Chris Gayle, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Devon Thomas, Colin Archibald, Mikyle Louis
With plenty of comings and goings at the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, optimism is high that a more successful campaign may be arriving this year. They have an excellent mix of experienced players, international stars in their prime and young home-grown talent.
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots are 6.00 with Betway to win the 2021 Carribean Premier League.
Another name changed side as the Zouks are replaced by the Kings for the 2021 edition of the CPL. After finishing 3rd in the group stage in 2020, Saint Lucia went on to reach the final before losing to the all-conquering Trinbago Knight Riders.
Faf du Plessis replaces Daren Sammy as captain of the team who have recruited well and improved their squad from 2020. Roston Chase, Najibullah Zadran and Andre Fletcher all hit over 200 runs last year with Scott Kuggeleijn the top wicket taker in the tournament with 17 dismissals.
Not returning for Saint Lucia from 2020 are Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Scott Kuggeleijn, Leniko Boucher, Kavem Hodge, Kimani Melius, Daren Sammy, Chemar Holder, Saad Bin Zafar, Zahir Khan.
They have recruited a strong set of new players including internationals Matthew Wade, Faf du Plessis, Samit Patel, Wahab Riaz and Usman Qadir. Keemo Paul arrives from Guyana Amazon Warriors and Alzarri Joseph joins from St Kitts and Nevis.
We expect Matthew Wade and Faf du Plessis to contribute a large share of the runs alongside Roston Chase and Andre Fletcher. Wahab Riaz and Alzarri Joseph will fight it out to be the top wicket taker.
Finishing as runners-up in 2020 was Saint Lucia’s first top 3 finish in the tournament. They finished last in 2013 and 2017.
The former South African captain enjoyed a very strong IPL earlier in the year before heading over to the PSL.
The top order batsman has 8 international half-centuries and has played for a host of T20 franchise sides across the globe.
He is the current Australia IT20 captain. The wicket-keeper batsman will be the only Australian in the 2021 CPL.
The West Indian pace bowler has been in fine ODI bowling form since the 2019 World Cup. He signed from St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.
The left-arm fast bowler is not getting any younger but racked up 18 dismissals in this year’s PSL.
Faf du Plessis, Rahkeem Cornwall, Andre Fletcher, Kesrick Williams, Obed McCoy, Mark Deyal, Roston Chase, Javelle Glen, Matthew Wade, Samit Patel, Keemo Paul, Wahab Riaz, Usman Qadir, Keron Cottoy, Jeavor Royal, Kadeem Alleyne, Alzarri Joseph
Last season’s achievement of reaching the final can certainly be equalled this year after some good recruitment from Saint Lucia Kings. Scott Kuggeleijn will be missed but Joseph and Riaz certainly have the talent to replace his wickets.
Saint Lucia Kings are 8.00 with Betway to win the 2021 Caribbean Premier League.
The 2020 Champions were well worth the title last year after winning all 10 of their group games before defeating Jamaica Tallawahs in the semi-final and St Lucia Zouks in the final. This was Trinbago Knight Riders’ third title in four seasons.
Kieron Pollard will captain the Knight Riders once again. He has a team with many familiar faces from last season as well as from the West Indies limited overs sides. Seven of the team went beyond 100 runs in the 2020 tournament with Akeal Hosein and Fawad Ahmed taking 10+ wickets.
New arrivals for the title holders include Ravi Rampaul, Sandeep Lamichhane, Isuru Udan, Sikandar Raza and Denesh Ramdin.
Departing the champions is all-rounder Dwayne Bravo who has joined St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. Alongside Bravo, Fawad Ahmed, Tim Siefert, Pravin Tambe and Amir Janggoo have not been retained for 2021.
Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo will no doubt deliver the bulk of the runs with Sandeep Lamichhane and Akeal Hosein dominating with the ball for the Knight Riders in 2021.
Trinbago Knight Riders are a very strong force in the CPL with 2016 and 2019 the only years they haven’t won the competition since 2015.
The West Indies limited overs captain hit 207 runs and took 8 wickets as he led his side to CPL glory in 2020.
The opening batsman hit 20 sixes and 26 fours as he finished with 356 runs and was the highest run scorer in the tournament last year
12 dismissals for the Jamaica Tallawahs last year. The Nepalese leg-spinner is a great addition for the current champions.
Only Lendl Simmons hit more boundaries than Munro in the 2020 CPL as the South African made 2 half-centuries.
Zimbabwe’s all-rounder often goes under the radar but expect him to chip in with useful runs and crucial wickets throughout the tournament.
Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Khary Pierre, Sikandar Raza, Anderson Phillip, Tion Webster, Akeal Hosein, Jayden Seales, Ali Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ravi Rampaul, Isuru Udana, Leonardo Julien
Trinbago Knight Riders have made some smart signings and kept the core of last season’s team and they are favorites to reach the finals.
Trinbago Knight Riders are 3.25 with Betway to win the CPL for a second successive year.
We expect to see the usual suspects in Trinbago Knight Riders and Guyana Amazon Warriors qualifying for the play-offs. Both sides have reached the knockout stage in every season and we predict this to continue in 2021.
Trinbago Knight Riders were unstoppable in 2020 and we see nothing to make us think they can be stopped by any side in the group stage.
Guyana Amazon Warriors finished in 2nd in the group last season but were unable to reach the final. We expect them to go one stage further in 2021 and to get a shot at the title.
Alongside the Knight Riders and the Amazon Warriors, we expect to see Barbados Royals and the Chris Gayle inspired St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the semi-finals. The Royals and the Patriots may be able to get some momentum going during the tournament but for now we would predict the semi-final to be their limit.
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