The Caribbean Premier League 2019 is about to start in the next few weeks and we cannot be more excited! The CPL has helped revitalize cricket in the West Indies and a number of youngsters are starting to emerge from the competition, eventually helping the national team as well.
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|Team||Played||Wins||Losses||Points||Net Run Rate|
|Guyana Amazon Warriors||10||10||0||20||1.720|
|St Kitts and Nevis Patriots||10||5||5||10||-0.105|
|Trinbago Knight Riders||10||4||5||9||-0.030|
|St Lucia Zouks||10||3||6||7||-0.740|
CPL 19 is going to feature 6 teams that are all going to play against each other twice. The top-4 teams will qualify to play in the playoffs with an IPL style format. The top-2 teams from the group stage will have a big advantage and have two opportunities to make it into the CPL 2019 Final.
CPL 2018 was won by the Trinbago Knight Riders in an emphatic fashion. With changes in the teams after the draft, there are going to be shifts in power and we may well see some new challengers for the crown.
We don’t really get to see Jason Holder play too many T20 matches because he does not make the West Indian international team. He is, however, a part of the CPL and leads the Barbados Tridents. There is no way for the Tridents but up after the debacle that was last season.
They could win just two matches in the entire Caribbean Premier League and ended up last in the league standings.
One of the biggest additions to the Barbados Tridents this year is going to be Alex Hales. The England international has a lot on the line after being left out for the England World Cup squad and is desperate to make it to the T20 World Cup 2020.
The batting also has Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, and Asif Ali to provide the power. Charles and Ali are not the most consistent players while Hope still has to prove himself in the T20 format. The batting for the Barbados Tridents is looking a bit thin and the all-rounders will need to be in very good form to keep them afloat.
Wahab Riaz, Sandeep Lamichhane, Jason Holder, Ashely Nurse, and Imad Wasim are all likely to be in the playing eleven for the Barbados Tridents, thus giving them an all-international bowling lineup.
Not having Rashid Khan available to them is going to be a big blow as the Afghanistan ace opted for the EuroT20 slam this season. Now that the Euro T20 Slam has been canceled, some of the players may yet make it to the CPL but we have no news on that as of now.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors picked up Shadab Khan as a replacement for Rashid Khan. We think that is an excellent choice since his variations, his brilliant fielding, and useful lower-order batting make him a brilliant T20 player to have in the side.
Shimron Hetmyer first made waves at the CPL and will be looking to dominate bowling attacks around the Caribbean once again. He will have Nicholas Pooran for support and this means that two of the brightest sparks in West Indian batting are going to be playing for Gyana in CPL 19.
Brandon King, Shoaib Malik, and all-rounders like Sharfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, and Chris Green will provide a lot of balance to the side by contributing in both departments of the game.
The bowling attack for the Guyana Amazon Warriors is not as strong as some of the other teams in this competition. Ben Laughlin is an excellent T20 bowler and we like seeing him in the squad but other options are thin.
There is no world-class spinner or scary quick that can ruffle up a few feathers.
The Jamaica Tallawahs are one team we are extremely excited to watch this year. They are welcoming back Chris Gayle into the side who is now going to be joining Andre Russell, Rovman Powell, and Oshane Thomas.
These are four of the best T20 players that the West Indies has right now. Chris Gayle may be getting long in the tooth but he just showed against India how he can still mix it up with the best in the game.
The team also has Glenn Philips and George Worker from New Zealand and Chadwick Walton to give it one of the best batting lineups in the entire tournament. The bowling could be a little weak given that Andre Russell may not end up bowling unless absolutely required.
Zahir Khan is also a very exciting spinner from Afghanistan and will add to the sheer variety that the Jamaica Tallawahs possess.
Andre Russell proved himself to be the best T20 player in the previous CPL, scoring centuries and taking five wickets in the same game. He has since been hampered by injuries. If he is able to get back to his best and last the tire tournament, we think the Jamaica Tallawahs are going to be serious contenders for the title.
The St.Kitts and Nevis Patriots suffered twin blows before the start of CPL 2019 as two of their draft picks became unavailable due to international commitments. Isuru Udana and Aaron Jones are gongs to be busy with their international teams so Jason Mohammad and Kjorn Ottley have been called in as replacements.
The Patriots have also lost the services of Chris gayle who has gone away to Jamaica and that makes things a bit tough for them.
Their star opening pair of Evin Lewis and Chris gayle has been separated. Considering the poor form that Evin Lewis has been for quite some time now, the top-order could be a big problem for the Patriots.
Mohammad Hafeez has been brought in to provide some top-order batting class as well as another bowling option but we are not very convinced about the wisdom of this choice either. Mohammad Hafeez has been coasting form T20 league to T20 league without making much of an impact anywhere.
Fabien Allen and Carlos Brathwaite are excellent all-rounders but they are not going to come in to bat at 3 or 4. The bowling is going to be led by Sheldon Cottrell, Usama Mir, Carlos Brathwaite, and Rayad Emrit.
We think the St.Kitts and Nevis Patriots could struggle to reach the playoffs unless one of their players has an outstanding tournament.
The St.Lucia Zouks, as they will now be called, have a tough road ahead of them in CPL2019. Their franchise has undergone some upheaval in recent months and that can often percolate down to the players.
They have added a couple of good players to the squad, though, and will have more to work with. Lasith Malinga has been added to the side and while that may seem like a strange decision, we think he is good enough to have an impact in CPL 2019 even at this age.
Niroshan Dickwella and Thisara Perera are two other Sri Lankans that are a part of the franchise to give it a distinctive Sri Lankan flavor! Both of these players are very good T20 players. Dickwells can be innovative and destructive with the bat while Thisara Perera is one of the cleanest six-hitter going around.
Andre Fletchers, Darren Sammy, Kersick Williams, Rakheem Cornwall, and John Campbell are all a part of the squad which means that there is a decent set of West Indian players to choose from as well.
With Fawad Ahmed and Beuran Hendricks to help lead the bowling, the St.Lucia Zouks have some very good players to pick from. The only concern we have is with their leadership.
The defending champions of the CPL and easily the most star-studded team of CPL 2019, the Trinbago Knight Riders, have added some brilliant players to an already strong squad.
Their batting is absolutely stacked thanks to the presence of Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, and Sunil Narine.
Pollard batted higher up the order in CPL 2018 and it paid off instant dividends allowing him to score more runs than ever before. We think he is sure to continue that and will be one of the most dangerous players in CPL 2019 across all teams.
The addition of Pakistani quick, Mohammad Hasnain is a very smart move and shows that the team management is keenly aware of what is happening around the cricketing world. He bossed the PSL and made an immediate impact in international cricket as well.
With Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Ali Khan, Khary Pierre, and Seekkuge Prasanna also in the squad, we have no doubt that the Trinbago Knight Riders are going to be able to assemble a rock-solid team for CPL 2019.
As with most premier T20 tournaments, we think this one will be very close as well, but there is one team that is standing out at the moment in Trinbago Knights. We think they are likely to claim another title this year, and will back them at 10CRIC to do so.
CPL 2019 Winner: Trinbago Knight Riders
CPL 2019 Highest Run-Scorer: Keiron Pollard
CPL 2019 Highest Wicket Taker: Sheldon Cottrell
CPL 2019 Teams to make the playoffs: Trinbago Knight Riders, Jamaica Tallawahs, and St.Lucia Zouks