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Warriors Move To The Top Of Hero CPL 2016 As Tridents Hopes End

The Guyana Amazon Warriors claimed a tight victory in the 2016 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) against the Barbados Tridents at the Central Broward Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida.

Fine half centuries from Chris Lynn and Jason Mohammed proved to be decisive as the Tridents were left to rue a disappointing batting display. The win meant the Warriors overtook the Tallawahs at the top of the table while simultaneously ending the Tridents’ hopes for qualification.

Jason Mohammed of Guyana Amazon Warriors en route to 57 not out during the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Match 28 between Barbados Tridents and Guyana Amazon Warriors at Central Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile
Jason Mohammed of Guyana Amazon Warriors en route to 57 not out during the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Match 28 between Barbados Tridents and Guyana Amazon Warriors at Central Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile

The Tridents elected to bat and got off to a steady start, reaching 38 at the end of the PowerPlay for the loss of Ahmed Shehzad for 6, caught by Jacobs off the bowling of Dwayne Smith. At the other end Steven Taylor showed increasing intent, striking seven boundaries before he fell for 37 to a Chris Lynn catch. Local boy Taylor had looked in good touch, scoring his runs off just 21 balls before he became Adam Zampa’s 14th wicket in what has been so far an outstanding Hero CPL 2016 for the talented Australian leggie.

The fall of Taylor stalled any momentum, however, and when the Tridents reached the ten-over drinks interval having posted only 60, the Warriors could be confident of restricting their opponents to a low total. The Tridents’ hopes, meanwhile, rested on the shoulders of Shoaib Malik and captain Kieron Pollard, who had promoted himself up the order to try to increase the scoring rate.

Guyana Amazon Warriors celebrate the wicket of Ahmed Shahzad during the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Match 28 between Barbados Tridents and Guyana Amazon Warriors at Central Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile
Guyana Amazon Warriors celebrate the wicket of Ahmed Shahzad during the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Match 28 between Barbados Tridents and Guyana Amazon Warriors at Central Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile

Both batsmen were finding it difficult to get the ball away in the face of tight Warriors bowling, however, and boundaries continued to be in short supply as the overall run rate hovered at around a run a ball.

Gradually, though, Pollard began to find his touch, taking two fours off Zampa’s third over before swivelling to hit a Hero Maximum as part of a Chris Barnwell over that went for 17. Malik gradually began to score with more freedom, too, as the pair put on 81 for the second wicket.

However, both batsmen fell within two balls of each other to put the Tridents back into difficulty. First Malik holed out to Chris Lynn off a Rayad Emrit slower ball for 35 before the Warriors claimed the big wicket of Pollard, caught by Jason Mohammad at deep square leg to give Sohail Tanvir his seventeenth wicket of Hero CPL 2016.

David Wiese of Barbados Tridents bowls during the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Match 28 between Barbados Tridents and Guyana Amazon Warriors at Central Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile
David Wiese of Barbados Tridents bowls during the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Match 28 between Barbados Tridents and Guyana Amazon Warriors at Central Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile

The Tridents skipper had scored 47 off 36 balls, the dismissal leaving his team on 131-4 before some late hitting, aided by two dropped catches in the final few deliveries, finally got the Tridents up to 158-6, a score which had perhaps looked unlikely earlier in the innings.

The Tridents needed a strong bowling performance to keep their qualification hopes alive, and they got off to the best possible start as Raymon Reifer bowled Dwayne Smith with a first-ball inswinger to shatter his off and middle stumps. It was a beautiful delivery, inducing Smith to play outside the line of the ball as it nipped back in between bat and pad, and the Tridents’ tails were up.

New batsman Chris Lynn quickly settled, however, striking four boundaries in the first two overs together with the first Hero Maximum of the innings as he overtook Hashim Amla at the top of the Hero CPL 2016 Leading Run Scorer table.

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Jason Mohammed of Guyana Amazon Warriors, Hero Caribbean Premier League, HERO CPL, CRICKET

With 27 runs coming from the first two overs Pollard called on his spin bowlers in an attempt to slow the scoring. Both Akeal Hosein and Imran Khan started well, with the latter unfortunate not to pick up a wicket in his first over as Pooran missed an opportunity to stump Nick Maddinson as the New South Welshman looked to advance down the wicket. Khan was to gain revenge in his second, however, as Maddinson holed out to Ahmed Shehzad, leaving the Warriors on 44-2 at the end of the PowerPlay.

After his explosive start Lynn had settled into a steadier rhythm and was content to work the ball around the field for singles as pace off the ball proved to be the best tactic for the bowling side, Khan finishing with 1-16 off his four overs. The Tridents desperately needed wickets, however, and when Lynn began to attack again, hitting two Hero Maximums off David Weise’s first over, the game began to slip away.

The thirteenth over proved to be significant with 20 runs coming from it, Lynn swiping a boundary to reach a 37 ball fifty before Jason Mohammed struck two huge Hero Maximums to bring up the fifty partnership.

Guyana Amazon Warriors Chris Lynn during the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Match 28 between Barbados Tridents and Guyana Amazon Warriors at Central Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile
Guyana Amazon Warriors Chris Lynn during the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Match 28 between Barbados Tridents and Guyana Amazon Warriors at Central Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile

The wicket of Lynn, caught by Pollard at long-off from the bowling of Reifer for 57 (44) – quickly followed by that of Anthony Bramble, plumb to a Pollard slower ball – gave the embattled Tridents a glimmer of hope, but with wickets in hand the Warriors were always in the driving seat. Consecutive sixes from Chris Barnwell and Mohammed calmed any nerves in the Warriors dugout, the latter reaching a fine half century thanks to another Hero Maximum in the penultimate over before winning the match in some style with another as the target was reached with three balls to spare, Mohammed finishing with a fine 57 off 41 deliveries.

The Warriors take their place at the top of the Hero CPL 2016 table, at least until tomorrow, but for the Tridents the tournament is over for another year.

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UPCOMING LAUDERHILL FIXTURES (all times local): 31 July – Trinbago Knight Riders v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (midday), Jamaica Tallawahs v St. Lucia Zouks (4pm).

TICKETS: The Ticket Office at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, located next to the Central Broward Stadium, is selling tickets to enable fans to physically buy tickets in advance of the biggest party in sport this summer. Tickets are also on sale from Tropics Restaurant (Pembroke Pines), Island Getaway Roti Shop (West Palm Beach), Lucky City (Margate), Kingston Delight (North Miami), Caribbean Choice Bakery (West Palm Beach) and Joy’s Roti Shop (Lauderhill). Tickets are on sale now for all games across the Caribbean and Florida from http://www.cplt20.com.

Tallawahs Qualify For Hero CPL Knockouts After Tridents Victory #CPL16

The Jamaica Tallawahs have secured a place in the knockout stages of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a win over the Barbados Tridents at Sabina Park. The Tallawahs have won all four of their home games as they became the first team to gain a place at finals week in St Kitts & Nevis.
A brilliant innings from Chadwick Walton and runs from Kumar Sangakkara and Rovman Powell allowed the Tallawahs to post their highest total of Hero CPL 2016 in a game that was shorted as a result of a rain storm.

The Tridents chase petered out quickly with the only bright spark being another half century for Nicholas Pooran who continues to impress.

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The contest was reduced to 18 overs a side, but once the skies had cleared Chadwick Walton scored at a frightening lick. The Tallawahs lost Chris Gayle early but it didn’t matter as Walton made 97, painfully close to his first ever T20 hundred. Walton shared a partnership of 127 runs with Sangakkara, the best stand for the Tallawahs at this year’s Hero CPL.

Walton had not had a great Hero CPL to this point but here he was in fine form. He hit nine fours and five sixes as he helped the Tallawahs to an impressive 195-5 off their 18 overs. He fell in the final over of the innings when he tried to smash Ravi Rampaul over midwicket for six to bring up his ton. He didn’t quite get all of it, a rarity in this knock, and Ahmed Shahzad took the catch.

Sangakkara was the perfect foil for Walton, the Sri Lankan great was happy to turn the strike over to his partner while taking boundary hitting opportunities when they arose. He made 50 from 31 balls at a very decent strike rate of 161 but he was made to look pedestrian by Walton – evidence of just how impressive the Jamaican opener’s knock was.

Andre Russell of Jamaica Tallawahs hits 6 during Match 19 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League match between Jamaica Tallawahs and Trinbago Knight Riders at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica. Photo by Randy Brooks/Sportsfile
Andre Russell of Jamaica Tallawahs hits 6 during Match 19 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League match between Jamaica Tallawahs and Trinbago Knight Riders at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica. Photo by Randy Brooks/Sportsfile

When Sangakkara departed Andre Russell replaced him with 23 balls left in the Tallawahs innings and he was dismissed for a golden duck. The loss of a player as important as Russell for no score could well have slowed down the Tallawahs but find of the tournament Rovman Powell had other ideas. He blasted 34 runs from 14 balls, including four Hero Maximums.

Chasing 196 to win the Tridents lost Kyle Hope to a superb ball from Dale Steyn in his first over, a ball outside the line of off stump and moving away from Hope who edged it through to the keeper to leave his team 15-1.

The Tridents have lost the services of AB de Villiers and with him unavailable they made the brave call to promote Akeal Hosein to number three.

Hosein has a first-class hundred to his name, but his high score in T20 cricket before this match was 12 not out. It was a huge ask for the young man to score at the required rate against the pace of Russell, Steyn and Kesrick Williams. The experiment wasn’t a success as Hosein managed just eight runs from 13 balls before being well caught at long on off the bowling of USA international Timroy Allen.

The score was at 44-3 with the required rate already up to nearly 13 an over with Nicholas Pooran and Shoaib Malik at the crease and they needed a significant partnership from those two batsmen to bring them back into the contest. When Malik departed 11 runs later the Tridents needed a miracle from captain Kieron Pollard to stave off defeat.

It was too much even for Pollard who was dismissed by Dale Steyn in his last match for the Tallawahs before he too leaves, and the pace-man finished with figures of 4-27, picking up his 200th T20 wicket in the process.

Pooran continued to impress for the Tridents as he scored the fastest ever fifty for the Barbados Tridents, but there was too much for the 20-year-old to do on his own. He was eventually run out for 51 from 25 as the Tridents stumbled to a 36 run defeat.

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Match 21, St Lucia Zouks v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Preview

South African fast bowler Morne Morkel has joined the St Lucia Zouks for the 2016 Hero CPL and he is looking forward to his first home match with the team at the newly renamed Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. With tickets for the match reduced by 50% to celebrate this new moniker for the stadium it is hoped that a full house will greet him.

“I’m very excited. From what I have heard there is a bit of extra bounce and pace in the wicket and that is something that I am excited about. We’ve got now Jerome Taylor who has joined the squad so I think from a bowling point of view we can try and make the most of those conditions. To play at home is always nice to get the home crowd behind you and from what I have heard the atmosphere is quite spectacular there so I am quite excited about that.”

The Hero CPL throws up so many different conditions across the nations in which it is played and Morkel says that the varied surfaces is something that he is both revelling in and finding a challenge.
“I am enjoying it. It is testing my skills a little bit and I can only grow and learn from that. I don’t want to be seen as a bowler who just bowls on bouncier wickets. I know I can get it up and bowl on slower, lover ones and I have enjoyed the experience so far.”

The relaxed Caribbean vibe is something that is new to Morkel but once again something that he feels he can learn from, especially as he is teammates with some truly great cricketers.

“This whole relaxed atmosphere is something to get used to. Maybe that is a good thing and something I can take into my game, to learn to switch on and switch off a bit better, but I am enjoying it.

“It is great for my game to be here and to pick up more experience and to play with legends of the game. To share a dressing room with Michael Hussey, Shane Watson and Darren Sammy, who is a World Cup winning captain, is just amazing. To see how they go through their routines that I can take on board and maybe share that with youngsters back home.”

UPCOMING FIXTURES: Thursday, 21 July – St. Lucia Zouks v St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium (6pm)
TICKETS: Tickets for all CPL fixtures in the Caribbean and Fort Lauderdale are on sale now from http://www.cplt20.com.

Munro Brilliance Bests Barbados Tridents at Hero CPL #CPL16

The Trinbago Knight Riders have found some of the form that saw them conquer the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) last season as they brushed aside the Barbados Tridents at the Kensington Oval on Saturday afternoon. A blistering fifty from New Zealander Colin Munro saw them chase down a stiff target of 173 with 16 balls to spare.

The Knight Riders reached 52-1 off their six over PowerPlay as they flew out of the blocks in pursuit of the sizable Tridents total. The one man to go inside the first six overs was William Perkins who made 23 when he pulled a ball from Wayne Parnell into the ever dependable hands of Pollard at mid-wicket.

Hashim Amla drives the ball into the offside during Match 16 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League match between Barbados Tridents and Trinbago Knight Riders Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile
Hashim Amla drives the ball into the offside during Match 16 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League match between Barbados Tridents and Trinbago Knight Riders Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile

He was replaced by Munro who was in a serious hurry from the start of his innings. Munro got off the mark with a four and had struck his first Hero Maximum two balls later. While Munro was all brute strength and aggression at the other end Hashim Amla was playing a cultured knock as he made 31 from 34 balls, happy to turn the strike over to the big hitting Kiwi.

The partnership between Munro and Amla was worth 107 and Amla only contributed 25 runs to it as Munro dominated proceedings. The Tridents found no way to exert control and at one point took the drastic measure of replacing Nicolas Pooran as wicket keeper, Steven Taylor taking over the duties after Pooran conceded his second lot of four byes.

Having made the first Hero CPL hundred by an overseas player against the Amazon Warriors earlier in the tournament Munro scored 68 from just 39 balls before he holed out off the bowling of Ravi Rampaul. Although Munro was gone the Knight Riders still reached their target with ease thanks to Bravo and Denesh Ramdin.

The Tridents made a patient start to their innings as they attempted to set a defendable total. The Knight Riders bowlers kept it tight in the opening overs as the Tridents managed just 32 runs from their six over PowerPlay. The USA’s Steven Taylor had struggled to get going and he tried to inject some pace into his innings with a big shot over long off from a ball from Sulieman Benn. He didn’t get all of it and Umar Akmal took a simple catch.

That brought together AB de Villiers and Shoaib Malik and the run rate immediately increased with the two experienced internationals at the crease. They put together a partnership of 60 in 44 balls that took the Tridents to 98-1 in the 15th over. This came to an end when a brilliant slower ball yorker from Dwayne Bravo bowled Shoaib for 47 (44).

Colin Munro of the Trinbago Knight Riders collects his Man of the Match awards Match 16 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League match between Barbados Tridents and Trinbago Knight Riders at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile
Colin Munro of the Trinbago Knight Riders collects his Man of the Match awards Match 16 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League match between Barbados Tridents and Trinbago Knight Riders at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile

De Villiers narrowly missed out on registering his third fifty in four Hero CPL innings, but he cemented his place at the top of the Tridents run scorers list. He now has 202 runs at an average of 67 and at a strike rate of 151 at this year’s tournament. He fell attempting to smash a Hero Maximum off Benn when he was on 45.

Kieron Pollard played a brutal knock at the back end of the Tridents innings as he made 41 runs from just 20 balls including three massive Hero Maximums as the Tridents made it to 172-4 off their 20 overs.

But for Munro and his blistering innings it may well have been enough, but his runs made the chase a simple prospect for the Knight Riders.

Match 18, Barbados Tridents v St Lucia Zouks Preview

Jerome Taylor has announced his retirement from Test cricket and has been snapped up by the St Lucia Zouks for the rest of the Hero CPL. He is in the mix for selection for their match against Barbados Tridents on Sunday.

“I am very excited to be here. It has been a kind of a whirlwind week but what has gone down is behind me now. I am looking forward to playing for the Zouks and I am looking forward to see if I can give a good impression of myself and see if I can help the Zouks gain some victories over the next couple of weeks.”

Taylor says the process of fitting in with the St Lucia squad has not been difficult for him and he has been welcomed with open arms.

“I am pretty much upbeat and looking forward to it. The guys were heart-warming and welcoming when I got in this morning. I am part of a family now and I look forward to giving a good account of myself. I am no stranger to the guys, both internationally and locally so it is easy for me to gel with the guys that are here now.”

The Zouks are currently sitting at the bottom of the Hero CPL table but Taylor points out that they have played fewer matches than anyone else and head home for four games after this match.

“Zouks of all the teams have the least games played so far so we are still in good stead. We can’t get too disheartened too early because there is a long way to go for the Zouks. This game is very important because you want to go home with a win under your belts to boost the confidence somewhat.”

Parnell Hopes For Strong Barbados Support Ahead Of Home Hero CPL Matches #CPL16

Barbados Tridents fast bowler Wayne Parnell has started the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) strongly, but having lost and then won their opening two games, the South African is determined to kick on as his side begin the home leg of their campaign at the Kensington Oval against Jamaica Tallawahs on Monday night (8pm).

Parnell, 26, has contributed with bat and ball in this year’s opening salvos, chipping in with scores of 16 not out and 16 last time out after being elevated to accelerate the PowerPlay at number three in the seven-wicket victory over St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots last time out. He also displayed great control with the ball in the first innings claiming 2 for 22, including the prize wickets of Lendl Simmons and Faf du Plessis at the top of the order.

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As half-centuries from Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik (54) and Hero Man of the Match AB de Villiers (63 not out) guided the Tridents to their first victory of this year’s campaign, incidentally in the ground where they lifted the title back in 2014, in an exclusive interview with http://www.cplt20.com Parnell explained that it was a role, and a responsibility, which he relished.

“That’s the sort of way that I’ve played my cricket since I started. I’ve done it a few times back home where I’ve opened the batting and managed to score some runs. In the opening six (overs) a little bit of impetus was needed. I didn’t manage to get it up to the strike-rate that I wanted to, but obviously wherever I’m needed for the team, that’s the most important function for me.

“With all of the travel and stop-overs and that, it’s crucial for myself as a fast bowler, that I look after my body. So when we’ve had time off I’ve spent time with our physio just stretching out and stuff like that, because sitting on small planes tightens you up a little bit. But, it’s really nice playing here with these bunch of guys from all over the world. We are fortunate enough that we’ve got four South Africans (including de Villiers, David Wiese and Robin Peterson) in our squad and a guy from Pakistan (Malik), so we’re very fortunate.”

The experienced all-rounder, who averages 34.66 with the bat and has taken 38 wickets in 35 T20 Internationals to date, is excited about playing in front of a passionate Barbados public and says that the squad are motivated to perform strongly as they prepare to welcome a strong Jamaica Tallawahs squad on Monday night.

“Every single time is dangerous. Obviously they all have a different skill-set. With Guyana, their batting up front is something that they’ve tried to use as a strength. The same thing with Jamaica. Obviously Chris Gayle is a major factor. Kumar (Sangakkara) coming in is a very experienced cricketer and he paces the innings. So, for us, getting back home is the first step and getting familiar with our surroundings again.

5 July 2016; Wayne Parnell of the Barbados Tridents bowls during Match 8 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League between St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and Barbados Tridents at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts. Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile
5 July 2016; Wayne Parnell of the Barbados Tridents bowls during Match 8 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League between St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and Barbados Tridents at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts. Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile

“For me, the really exciting thing is that we haven’t played our best cricket and we managed to win (against the Patriots). So, going to Barbados now for these next few games is going to be crucial for us because we’re in our home ground. We obviously want to put in some good performances for our crowd and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of our home crowd.

“I was fortunate enough to play against the West Indies there (Kensington Oval) for South Africa and it’s a beautiful stadium, and a beautiful island as well. We want to get out there and give the crowd what they deserve.”

Tickets are on sale now for all games across the Caribbean and Florida from http://www.cplt20.com.

Barbados Tridents Home Fixtures (all times local): 11 July – Jamaica Tallawahs (8pm), 13 July – St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots (8pm), 16 July – Trinbago Knight Riders (12 Midday), 17 July – St. Lucia Zouks (7pm).

Barbados Tridents Squad: Kieron Pollard (captain), AB de Villiers, Shoaib Malik, Nicholas Pooran, Ravi Rampaul, Jason Holder, David Wiese, Robin Peterson, Raymon Reifer, Ashley Nurse, Wayne Parnell, Akeal Hosein, Imran Khan, Kyle Hope, Navin Stewart, Kyle Corbin, Steven Taylor, Shemar Springer

Caribbean Premier League Announces Dates For Florida Fixtures #CPL16

Damien O’Donohoe hails Fort Lauderdale fixtures as “exciting new chapter” for CPL

The 2016 HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign will break new ground on Thursday, 28 July when Guyana Amazon Warriors faces the Barbados Tridents in a night game (starting at 7pm) in Lauderhill Stadium, Fort Lauderdale.

The ground-breaking Florida swing of the fourth edition of CPL, which last year welcomed more than 302,000 supporters through the turnstiles (representing a 44 percent increase from 2014), will also present the final opportunity for all six franchises to chase coveted league points ahead of the play-offs and finals.

All six teams will feature in the 10,000 capacity stadium across four days, with Faf du Plessis, Samuel Badree and Lendl Simmons’ St Kitts & Nevis Patriots facing newly re-named defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR), who will this year have New Zealander Brendon McCullum in tow as their marquee player alongside spin twins Sulieman Benn and Sunil Narine, on the Friday night.

There will then be exciting weekend double-headers between the Zouks, who have in their ranks local favourite and West Indies’ T20 captain Darren Sammy and the world’s leading all-rounder Shane Watson, against Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Kumar Sangakkara’s Jamaica Tallawahs (midday), with Kieron Pollard and Proteas star AB de Villiers’ Barbados Tridents taking on Martin Guptill’s Guyana Amazon Warriors (4pm) in a reverse fixture on the Saturday. Then on Sunday, TKR will take on the Patriots in the midday clash followed by 2013 champions Jamaica Tallawahs facing the Zouks later that afternoon.

Damien O’Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer of the HERO Caribbean Premier League, commented: “We are delighted to announce fixture information of the ground-breaking Florida leg of CPL which represents an exciting new chapter for the tournament. Supporters will have the opportunity to see all six teams in action twice over four action-packed days which will showcase some of the best West Indies and international talent on display.

“West Indies cricket is on a real high at the moment, with the success of the men’s, women’s and Under-19 World Cup winning squads generating a feel-good factor locally and internationally, and plans are well underway to deliver a top-class leg in the USA.”

Meanwhile, tickets for all of the confirmed CPL fixtures to date, including the previously announced fixtures in St Kitts & Nevis (30 June-5 July) will go on sale this Friday (8 April) from http://www.cplt20.com. Ticket prices will start at (US Dollar) $23 – $92.50 for a single match, while tickets for one of the weekend double-headers are priced from $43 to $132.50. Further ticket announcements for the other franchises are expected over the coming fortnight.

FORT LAUDERDALE FIXTURES (all times local): 28 July – Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents (7pm), 29 July St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Trinbago Knight Riders (7pm), 30 July – Zouks v Jamaica Tallawahs (midday), Barbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors (4pm), 31 July – Trinbago Knight Riders v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (midday), Jamaica Tallawahs v Zouks (4pm).

CPL ROLL OF HONOUR: Jamaica Tallawahs (2013), Barbados Tridents (2014), Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel (2015)

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CPL PLAYER DRAFT 2016:

BARBADOS TRIDENTS: Kieron Pollard, AB de Villiers*, Shoaib Malik, Nicholas Pooran, Ravi Rampaul, David Wiese, Robin Peterson, Raymon Reifer, Ashley Nurse, Wayne Parnell, Akeal Hosein, Imran Khan, Kyle Hope, Navin Stewart, Kyle Corbin, Steven Taylor

GUYANA AMAZON WARRIORS
: Sohail Tanvir, Martin Guptill*, Dwayne Smith, Chris Lynn, Rayad Emrit, Adam Zampa, Jason Mohammed, Christopher Barnwell, Veerasammy Permaul, Orlando Peters, Assad Fudadin, Anthony Bramble, Paul Wintz, Steven Jacobs, Steven Katwaroo, Ali Khan

JAMAICA TALLAWAHS: Chris Gayle, Kumar Sangakkara*, Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Imad Wasim, Lasith Malinga, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Andre McCarthy, Jonathan Foo, Alex Ross, Kesrick Williams, Nkrumah Bonner, Garey Mathurin, Timroy Allen

ST KITTS & NEVIS PATRIOTS: Lendl Simmons, Faf du Plessis*, Samuel Badree, Brad Hodge, Thisara Perera, Jonathan Carter, Krishmar Santokie, Evin Lewis, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kieran Powell, JJ Smuts, Devon Thomas, Shamarh Brooks, Tino Best, Jeremiah Louis, Nikhil Dutta

TRINBAGO KNIGHT RIDERS: Dwayne Bravo, Brendon McCullum*, Sunil Narine, Hashim Amla, Umar Akmal, Kevon Cooper, Sulieman Benn, Colin Munro, Anton Devcich, Ronsford Beaton, Nikita Miller, Javon Searles, William Perkins, Yannick Cariah, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Hamza Tariq

ZOUKS: David Miller, Shane Watson*, Darren Sammy, Michael Hussey, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Morne Morkel, Fidel Edwards, Derone Davis, Eddie Leie, Keron Cottoy, Shane Shillingford, Delorn Johnson, Kyle Mayers, Keddy Lesporis, Nitish Kumar