Amidst familiar global concerns, the Caribbean Premier League is ready to kickstart as the first T20 league in the world on August 18, sans the noise and color. Despite decades of dwindling crowds, it isn’t what the West Indies cricket sells on. There are measures aplenty to confirm that the protocols followed and safety standards maintained, however the apprehension of how it’s all going to unfold.
All the thirty 33 matches of the eighth edition of the tournament are set to be in Trinidad and Tobago– a country which has witnessed 552 positive cases of coronavirus and 11 deaths till date before the tournament for Caribbean Premier League. All the players, officers and directors United Nations agency who are set to be part in competition have already tested negative for COVID-19 before coming into the bio-bubble at the Hilton building in Port of Espana.
With many international players chickening out of the tournament, there’ll be less star attraction, lesser traveling and no crowds.And, there’ll be no less buzz regarding the tournament,whereas it’s attending to lay the blueprint of what to expect for the bigger T20 leagues to follow – just like the IPL and BBL – later within the year, it’ll additionally witness all its domestic star players (except Chris Gayle) in action, who even if rusty, will add the a lot of required glitter to the competition.
The initial set of matches will be at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba before they move to Queen’s Park Oval for 10 games and come back. On the cricketing front although, it remains to be seen how the big-muscled West Indian stars adapt to the conditions as the competition moves on.All the games are set to play at solely two venues,pitches are likely to wear out and lower scores are expected to be the norm, especially towards the latter half.
There has been plenty of shuffle with many players not making it for this edition of the tournament and a number of other coming in as replacements. Players have shifted loyalties and new captains are appointed. From the point, it’s quite evident, that this edition of the CPL is going to be different.