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IPL 2021: Franchises pool in to fly in players from CPL, SL-SA series

In a bid to fly in their respective players from the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the Sri Lanka-South Africa series into the UAE for the upcoming second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season, the eight franchises have reportedly decided to pool in and get the players as quickly as possible.

As per reports, one charter plane will carry the players from CPL while the othe one will fly players, who are currently participating in the Sri Lanka-South Africa series.

In the first game of the second half, both Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) have their key currently participating in these two tournaments.

While CSK will have Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir (all CPL) and Lungi Ngidi (SL-SA series), MI will have Kieron Pollard (CPL) and Quinton de Kock (SL-SA series).

The players coming from these two tournaments will have to undergo two-day isolation before they join their respective team bubbles.

The players will not be asked to quarentine for six days as it will be a bubble to bubble transfer.

The players will however, be tested for Covid-19 after the two days and before they join their respective team bubble.

Recently, India skipper Virat Kohli and pace bowler Mohammed Siraj, who both represent Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), landed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the second leg of the tournament on a charter flight from London.

The franchise informed that the charter flight was arranged by them after the fifth and final Test between India and England was cancelled at last minute after the visitors were unable to field a team after the Indian camp was hit by Covid-19.

Earlier, the BCCI had announced that every player coming to UAE from the UK would have to undergo six days of hard quarantine before they could join the existing team bubbles for the resumption of the 2021 IPL edition.

Significantly, the IPL 2021 season was postponed indefinately due to the emergence of multiple Covid-19 positive cases in the tournament’s bio-bubble during the second leg in May first week.

Later on May 29, the BCCI had announced that the remaining matches of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) remaining matches will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the months of September-October.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year,” a statement from the Indian Cricket Board had said.

“The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting (SGM) held virtually, where members unanimously agreed to resume IPL,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the board also spoke to the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in India in October-November.

“The BCCI SGM further authorised the Office Bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021,” the statement had said further.

At present, Delhi Capitals (DC), the last season’s runners-up, is placed at the top of the IPL 2021 points table with six wins from eight games and 12 points in their kitty.

DC is followed by CSK, RCB and MI at the second, third and fourth place respectively.

The next four places are occupied by Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad, which has managed just a solitary win from seven games it played in the first half.

With 380 runs, DC’s Shikhar Dhawan is the leading run-getter in the tournament while RCB’s Harshal Patel tops the charts for leading wicket-takes after scalping 17 wickets from seven games so far.

St Kitts & Nevis player expelled from CPL 2021 for bubble breach

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots player Mikyle Louis has been expelled from the ongoing edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for breaching bio-bubble protocols.

CPL organisers said on Monday that Louis, 21, who left the bio-bubble without permission, will now not be allowed to participate further in the tournament.

As per reports, Louis, who had represented West Indies at the U-19 level in 2017, had left his hotel after being informed about a tragic news related to one of his friends.

The ongoing league is being played under a bio-bubble in St Kitts and Nevis and any one found guilty of breaching it will me expelled.

“Following the receipt of some tragic news about a close friend, the player took the unfortunate and ill-advised decision to leave the hotel bubble without permission. While the league is sympathetic about the circumstances which led to the player’s decision, it cannot allow the integrity of its Covid-secure bubble to be compromised,” said tournament operations director Michael Hall in a press release.

“The tournament bubble will be maintained for the entire duration of the tournament and no one from outside the bubble will be allowed in at any of the bubble locations. Conversely, no one from inside the bubble will be allowed out of the main bubble areas. Persons who break these rules will be expelled from the tournament – no exceptions,” the tournament’s protocols reads.

Significantly, the current CPL edition, which kicked-off on August 26, will end on September 15.

This edition of CPL is open to crowds at 50 per cent attendance.

BT Sport signs multi-year deal with Windies Cricket; to broadcast all CPL 2021 matches

BT Sport, a UK pay-TV broadcaster, has signed a multi-year deal with the West Indies Cricket board after which it will broadcast each match of the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

The three-week T20 league, kicked-off on Thursday between Guyana Amazon Warriors and Trinbago Knight Riders, which was won by the former side.

Several international cricketers like New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips, South African Faf du Plessis and former Pakistan international bowler Mohammed Amir are part of the tournament.

Recently, BT had signed a multi-year media rights deal to broadcast all domestic and international cricket from the West Indies.

The channel also holds exclusive broadcast rights for New Zealand men’s and women’s home international matches and in 2022, the BT will cover England’s tour of the West Indies.

Commenting on it, Rachel Knight, director of sports rights at BT Sport, said: “BT Sport’s cricket line-up continues to grow as we show more world-class cricket to fans across the UK. The Caribbean Premier League will kick off an exciting period for cricket lovers on BT Sport which in early 2022 includes exclusively live coverage of England’s tour of the West Indies.”

Meanwhile, the CPL has also announced a new partnership deal with blockchain-powered fan engagement platform Socios.com, which already has partnerships with famous soccer clubs Barcelona, Juventus, AC Milan and Manchester City, as well as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

After the move, CPL has become the first cricket league to partner with Socios.

Speaking on it, CPL’s chief executive, Pete Russell, said: “The fans of Hero CPL are central to our success and our future, and we are really excited at the prospect of giving them even more opportunities to be involved in the tournament. We are very excited to be the first cricket league to partner with Socios.com and we are very much looking forward to starting working together.”

Barbados Royals signs Wolf777 as its official sponsor for CPL 2021

Wolf777, an online gaming platform, has been roped in as the official sponsor of the Barbados Royals, a franchise of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Recently, Wolf777 had also signed with another CPL franchise — Jamaica Tallawahs as the title sponsor.

Commenting on the association, Harry Blackburn, Chief Marketing Officer, Wolf777, said: “We are celebrating our association with the Barbados Royals. This marks the beginning of an incredible season. It was evident that our vision to revitalise the cricketing experience for fans was aligned with the Barbados Royals. Together, we want to make the CPL T20 2021 an incredibly engaging and entertaining spectacle.”

Barbados Royals tweeted: “We’re excited to announce the Barbados Royals’ Official Title Sponsor for the CPL T20 2021 campaign. WELCOME to the Royals family @wolf777official! Great to have you as part of this year’s team!”

Announcing the sponsorship with Wolf777, Jamaica Tallawahs had earlier tweeted: “A Big FiWi Welcome To Our Official Partner WOLF777 NEWS for #CPL21 https://wolf777news.com #FiWiTallawahs #Crickbuster”

Notably, the Royals had won the CPL twice in the year 2014 and 2019 CPL. It features some star T20 players like Jason Holder, Sri Lankan seamer Thisara Parera and leg-break bowler Hayden Walsh.

CPL T20 2021 is scheduled to start on August 26 and the final will be held on September 15.

Brathwaite goes into isolation after Covid-19 case in his flight

All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has been forced to serve isolation and is unlikely to be a part of the Jamaica Tallawahs for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) opener against Saint Lucia Kings on August 27.

Brathwaite, the former West Indies T20 skipper, will now be in isolation as a co-passenger on the flight from UK to St Kitts and Nevis had tested positive for Covid-19.

“My tests have been negative as far as I know. We’ve been asked to be in quarantine. I still don’t know the full extent of it. I’ve just been told I need to continue to quarantine as opposed to being allowed to walk around the hotel as was initially allowed. So I’m just as much in the dark as you are, unfortunately,” said Brathwaite.

Brathwaite, who was featuring for Manchester Originals in The Hundred, had travelled from Manchester to Basseterre ahead of the upcoming CPL.

When asked whether he would play the inaugural CPL match, he said: “(I’m) not sure.”

“I haven’t actually received anything official yet to know when day one is and how many days of quarantine, etc. So yeah, I’m just skipping in my room and doing sit-ups and hoping to be at least physically ready to go if I can,” Brathwaite was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.

“The tournament is going to be interesting. I don’t think it will be an undefeated run to the finals as Trinidad had last year. I think it will be a little closer. I think all the teams are more evenly matched. I feel as though we have a few potential match-winners. Myself, Russell, Rovman Powell obviously in the middle. Our spin attack, we’ve lost Mujeeb and we’ve lost Sandeep but we have Qais Ahmad, Veerasammy Permaul, and Chris Green. So when you look at it that’s a real balanced spin attack, left-arm orthodox, right-arm offspinner, leg-break bowler,” said Brathwaite.

Earlier on Monday, Brathwaite had extended his contract with Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Sydney Sixers for the upcoming season.

BBL franchise Sydney Sixers re-sign Brathwaite for 2021-22 season

Big-Bash League (BBL) franchise Sydney Sixers has acquired West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite for one more season, the franchise confirmed on Monday.

Commenting on it, Brathwaite said: “Obviously winning and the team’s success last year made it attractive to want to come back.”

“As you get older you definitely want to be somewhere you can hopefully be challenging for trophies but at the Sixers there is a deeper camaraderie and sense of family atmosphere,” he added.

Notably, Brathwaite had played a crucial role with the ball in Sixers’ title-winning campaign in the previous season as he had scalped 16 wickets from as many games.

However, he had dissapointed with the bat having managed just 55 runs in the tournament last time.

“As a team we went through a tumultuous season last year on the road without getting back to Sydney until the final and we built a very strong bond. The BBL is one of the biggest T20 tournaments in the world and hopefully that bond can help us to success again, this time in front of our fans at the SCG all season,” he expressed.

“That BBL final at the SCG last season was so special,” Brathwaite remembered.

“We played away from home all year and performed well enough to earn a home final. It was the only game all year with our own fans, played at our home, not someone else’s home ground or a neutral venue. There was an amazing build-up to the game but even more amazing was our execution and the execution of the fans being our 12th man and cheering us all the way. It made it even more special and exceeded expectations really of what it could be like,” he added.

After featuring in The Hundred, the 33-year-old will now turn up for Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) before returning to Sydney by the end of the ongoing year.

FanCode to exclusively live-stream Hero CPL 2021 in India

FanCode, India’s premier digital sports destination for all fans, has bagged exclusive digital broadcasting rights for the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021 in India.

Cricket fans across the country can watch all the nail-biting and thrilling action LIVE from the Caribbean, starting August 26, at 7.30 pm IST, on the FanCode App and www.fancode.com.

FanCode will provide a personalized and comprehensive digital sports coverage of Hero CPL to all Indian sports fans. Through the FanCode app, fans can experience interactive live-streaming of all the Hero CPL matches with data overlays by subscribing for a Tour Pass, without having to opt for a monthly or annual subscription.

Besides streaming, FanCode will offer multimedia commentary, fastest ad-free live scores, in-depth sports statistics and analytics, fantasy sports tips, real-time match highlights, multiple audio feeds and much more for all the Hero CPL matches.

This year, the tournament will take place in St Kitts & Nevis, with all 33 matches being played at Warner Park. The star-studded line-ups feature the best cricketing talent from across the world like South Africa’s Faf du Plessis and Imran Tahir, New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips and Colin Munro, Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir, Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz, and West Indies’ Andre Russell, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo.

Three of the six teams competing in the 9th edition of Hero CPL are owned by Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises – Punjab Kings owns St Lucia Kings (formerly St Lucia Zouks), Kolkata Knight Riders have acquired Hero CPL’s most successful franchise, and Hero CPL 2020 winners – Trinbago Knight Riders, and Rajasthan Royals recently acquired Barbados Tridents and rechristened it to Barbados Royals.

Rajasthan Royals owners announce acquisition of CPL franchise Barbados Tridents

Royals Sports Group (EM Sporting Holdings Ltd), the owners of the Rajasthan Royals IPL franchise, has announced that they have acquired a majority stake in the Barbados Tridents, Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise.

The two-time CPL champions will be rebranded as the Barbados Royals, a partner franchise of the Rajasthan Royals, as the Royals Sports Group seeks to expand its global presence.

Royals Sports Group Chairperson, and the Lead Owner of Rajasthan Royals, Manoj Badale, commented “We are delighted to have signed this deal with Manish Patel, to acquire a majority stake in the Barbados CPL franchise. We are extremely grateful to the Barbados government for their continued support, and we look forward to making a positive impact on both cricket and tourism for the country. We have ambitious plans for the Royals brand globally, and this is an important strategic step.”

Rajasthan Royals Director of Cricket, Kumar Sangakkara, whose role now includes the Barbados Royals, added: “Barbados Royals will be an important part of the Royals’ cricket ecosystem. With a fantastic talent pool of local players, we have the opportunity to innovate and develop strategies that will benefit the Royals Group. We are also excited at the prospect of how we can promote growth in the game of cricket.”

Manish Patel, principal of the Barbados Tridents franchise, added, “We are extremely excited about the partnership with Manoj and the Rajasthan Royals family, which will further advance cricket in Barbados and the region.”

Minister of Tourism and International Transport for Barbados, Senator the Hon. Lisa Cummins, celebrated the announcement stating “The Caribbean, and Barbados more specifically in this instance, have long been globally revered for their cricketing prowess, which continues to be one of the strongest pillars of our sports tourism offering. The expansion of our audience through this new partnership will enable us to showcase how we have married this beloved sport with the immersive experiences our destination has to offer, on a much wider scale. We look forward to leveraging the global fanbase Rajasthan Royals brings to the table to tap into new and emerging markets that align with our brand.”

Earlier in June, Rajasthan Royals had announced a groundbreaking collaboration with RedBird Capital Partners, the leading sports-focused investor in the United States. The acquisition of Barbados Tridents is a testament of the continued vision of the team to expand the Royals brand globally.

The Barbados Royals, led by the experienced Jason Holder, are scheduled to start the forthcoming Caribbean Premier League campaign on 26th August 2021 against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. The final of this season’s Caribbean Premier League will take place on 15th September 2021.

An IPL franchisee will win Caribbean Premier League 2020 title!

The Caribbean Premier League 2020 title will be decided tomorrow (Thursday). It has been decided that the champion team will have an Indian ownership.

The CPL 2020 final on September 10, Friday, between the two teams – Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Zouks – owned by the Indian Premier League franchisees.

The all-conquering Knight Riders, who have made it to the final with 11 consecutive wins without losing a tie, are owned by the Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment and the Mehta Group of Juhi Chawla and husband Jay Mehta. The Group that owns IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders.

The other finalists St Lucia Zouks are owned by the Kings XI Punjab co-owners Mohit Burman, Ness Wadia, Preity Zinta along with Karan Paul.

Since all the CPL 2020 games are being played in Trinidad and Tobago. It was stated from the beginning that the Trinidad-based Knight Riders will have home advantage. They have played like the team-possessed and progressed to the final, winning all their 11 matches.

Zouks were the second team to make it to the final with a bang, thrashing Guyana Amazon Warriors by ten wickets. Zouks played like the champion side from the word go, demolishing the Gayana Amazon Warriors for a mere 55 runs in 13.4 runs.

There was no dynamite in the wicket was proved when Zouks launched their chase, opener Rahkleem Cornwall powering the team to the 56-run target in a mere four overs and three deliveries.

Scores: Guyana Amazon Warriors 55 all out in 13.4 overs (Chandrapaul Hemraj 25, Mark Deyal 2/2) lost to St Lucia Zouks 56 with loss in 4.3 overs (Rahkeem Cornwall 32).

Earlier, Trinbago Knight Riders continued their rampaging form to carve out a four-run win over Jamaica Tallawahs. It was absolute domination by the strongest team of the tournament so far. Knights’ rushed to 111 runs for the loss of just one wicket after having restricted the Tallawahs to 107 for seven in stipulated 20 overs.

Scores: Jamaica Tallawahs 107 for 7 (Bonner 41, Powell 33; Hosein 3/14, Pierre 2/29, Narine 1/13, Fawad 1/29) lost to Trinbago Knight Riders 111 for 1 (Simmons 54*, Webster 44*; Mujeeb 1/18) by 9 wickets.

CPL 2020: Afghanistan players to stay till final

Cricket West Indies and the Afghanistan Cricket Board have reached an agreement to allow the Afghan players to stay until the conclusion of the Hero Caribbean Premier League 2020.

The Afghan players as per the earlier contract were to leave early to take part in their domestic T20 competition – the Shpageeza Cricket League.

Six Afghan cricketers – Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Najibullah Zadran and Zahir Khan – are taking part in the Hero CPL 2020.

Their stay at the CPL is extended following discussions between the CWI President Ricky Skerritt and the ACB Chairman Farhan Yusefzai. An agreement was reached to allow the players to stay on until the CPL final.

“We understand the importance of the Shpageeza Cricket League to the ACB and the reasons why it had to be scheduled during the CPL after the NOCs were all issued.  We truly appreciate the Chairman of the ACB allowing these six Afghan players to stay at the Hero CPL until its conclusion. Afghan players have had a huge impact on our competition, both this season and in previous years, and we are very grateful to have them with us until the final on 10 September,” said Pete Russell, Hero CPL’s COO.

“I would also like to put on record our thanks to CWI’s President and CEO for taking the time to resolve this situation, which has shone a light on the issues leagues such as CPL face with the current NOC policy and system.”