Cricket West Indies (CWI) has announced the tweaked dates of the upcoming season of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021) tournament, after lengthy discussions with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The BCCI requested the CWI to change the dates of the tournament so that West Indies players could play in the second half of the IPL 2021 in UAE.
The second half of the IPL 2021, which was postponed in May this year due to a Coronavirus outbreak in the franchise bio-bubbles resulting in four players and multiple staff members testing COVID-19 positive, will be played in the UAE from September- October. BCCI has zeroed down on September 17 as the start date of IPL 2021 remaining matches. The finals of the 14th edition of the league will be played on 10th October.
CPL 2021 To Be Played In St Kitts And Nevis With All 33 Matches Taking Place At Warner Park: Cricket West Indies
Earlier, President of Cricket West Indies, Ricky Skerritt, had confirmed that CWI, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) were engaged in talks for a tweaked CPL schedule to accommodate the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Hence after a lengthy discussion, it has been decided that the CPL will now start on August 26 and will conclude on September 15. The tournament which was originally scheduled to commence on August 28, will now be played in St Kitts and Nevis between August 26 and September 15.
“This year’s tournament will be played in St Kitts and Nevis with all 33 matches taking place at Warner Park. Both IPL and CPL are important to CWI, to our cricketers, and to fans. CWI’s role was to facilitate arrangements for a non-overlapping and smooth transition from one tournament to the next. Cricket administrators must collaborate if cricket is to survive the risks and costs of Covid-19, “Skerritt noted in an official release by CWI.
All 33 matches at Warner Park will be played in just under three weeks and will see 50% attendance only for vaccinated spectators. Furthermore, defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders to face Guyana Amazon Warriors in CPL 2021 opener.