The CPL 2021 schedule edition is set to start on August 26th through September 15th after the schedule was changed from August 28th to September 19th. The change resulted from the BCCI beginning talks with Cricket West Indies and the CPL after the September-October window was identified. The CPL games will now be played in St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.
As expected, the plans are underway, and the six participating teams have already named their CPL 2021 team squad, both retention and trades.
The Tribbago Knight Riders decided to retain all their key players, including the veterans like Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, and Lendl Simmons. Also retained in the team is DM Bravo, Sikandar Raza, Tion Webster, Ali Khan, Anderson Philips, Akeal Hosein, and Jayden Seales. As for trades, Dwayne Bravo has been traded to St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, giving room for Pollard to take the role of capacity. In addition, Dinesh Ramdin joins the team from the Nevis Patriots.
In the retentions and trades for CPL 2021, the ST Lucia Zouk take on a new skipper his season after a heartbreaking step down by Daren Sammy, who was instrumental in guiding the team to the finals last year. However, Sammy hasn’t confirmed if he will play this season. This year’s retention in the CPL team is Kesrick Williams, Javelle Glenn, Roston Chase, Obed McCoy, Rahkeem Cornwall, Mark Deyal, and Andre Fletcher, with the latter being retained for the upcoming season.
The Jamaica Tallawahs CPL team information includes Ryan Persuad, Rovman Powell, and Veerasammy Permaul. The team also retains Carlos Brathwaite and Fidel Edwards. Although Andre Russel called the Jamaica Tallawahs the weirdest franchise, the team still saw it fit to keep him in the team during this season.
Released from the team this season are Asif Ali, Mijeeb ur Rahman, Jermaine Blackwood, Preston McSeween, Glenn Philipps, Ramaal Lewis, Sandeep Kamichhane, Nkumrah Bonner, and Oshane Thomas, as announced by the CPL T20 through tweeter.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors have also seen some changed in their CPL team this season. First, they have replaced their regular skipper Chris Greene from the team and giving the opportunity to lead the team to Nicholas Pooran. Retained by the team is the legendary Windry’s opener Brandon King, the south African Imran Tahil, and the pacemaker from Afghanistan Naveen-ul-Haq. Shimron Hetmyer, Anthony Bramble, Ashmead Nedd, and Kevin Sinclair also keep their posts in the team in the upcoming games.
The Barbados Tridents retained their former skipper Jason Holder together with Shai Hope, Kyle Mayers, and Hayden Walsh Jr. Also retained on the team is Johnson Charles, Joshua Bishop, Raymon Reifer, Nyeem Young, and Justin Greaves. Those released from the team include Ashley Nurse, Keon Harding, Corey Anderson, Rashid Khan, Shayan Jahangir, Jonathan Carter, Mitchell Santer, and Shamar Brooks.
Finally, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots have retained Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Jon-Russ Jaggersar, Dominic Drakes, Joshua Da Silva, Rayad Emrit, and Sheldon Cottrell from their last CPL squad. Joining the team this season are DJ Bravo, who was traded from TKR, and Sherfane Rutherford, who joins from the Amazon Warriors. The Patriots released Denesh Ramdin, Chris Lynn, Nick Kelly, Ben Dunk, Jahmar Hamilton, Ish Sodhi, Alzarri Joseph, Sohail Tanvir, Colin Archibald, Imran Khan, and Kieran Powell.
Looking at the retained and traded players, the Knight Riders have retained the highest number of players, keeping 12 of their team members for the coming league. The Warriors follow them closely by keeping 11 cricketers from last season, which is a pretty strong number. On the other hand, the Tallawahs have retained the least number of players, only maintaining a handful.
Each team seems to have retained most of the skilled members and traded some for better fits. The BCCL brings forward the start of the season, as announced earlier. It’s expected that some of the players and staff members in the CPL will participate in the IPL. Bringing forward the schedule makes sense so a possible clash can be avoided. It also favors the IPL franchise and CPL franchise owners, that is, Punjab Kings and Kilkata Knight Riders, as they won teams in both leagues.
As the season is about to begin, keep here for more news on what to expect and how things will unfold during the season.