CPL’s 2015 Schedule Confirmed with More Matches and Record Prize Money
Tuesday 31st March 2015 – Kingston, Jamaica: CPL fans are in for a treat when the Biggest Party in Sport returns with an action-packed schedule of 33 matches, played from June 20th to July 26th 2015.
The third edition of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League features an opening game to set the pulses racing as the reigning champions, the Barbados Tridents take on last year’s runners up, the Guyana Amazon Warriors at the Kensington Oval, Barbados. It will be the first of 29 games played under lights as the tournament returns to more night games and a schedule that sees games played almost every day.
All six teams play ten games in the regular season, with two semi-finals and a final to decide who will be crowned 2015 champions. Record prize money is on offer, which has helped attract some of the world’s finest T20 players, with the draft held earlier this year seeing all the teams strengthening their squads.
The Jamaica Tallawahs will seek to reclaim the crown they won so dramatically in 2013 under the captaincy of Chris Gayle, welcoming the Sri Lankan legend, Mahela Jayawardene and New Zealand star, Daniel Vettori, whilst the new floodlights at Sabina Park are sure to create an electric atmosphere.
The St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots have seven games at Warner Park as they kick off their first CPL tournament with World Cup stars, Shahid Afridi and Martin Guptil looking to impress. The St. Lucia Zouks share the opening week with Barbados and begin their campaign on June 21st against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel. Both teams made significant international signings during the off-season, with Kevin Pietersen back with the Zouks and Jacques Kallis going to the Red Steel. All the West Indies stars will be on show as this year’s CPL promises to be the most dramatic yet.
Last year’s tournament attracted a global audience in excess of 65 million and this year is set to be even higher as fans across the world continue to be drawn to the high quality action on the pitch and the unique party atmosphere off it.
Commenting on the schedule announcement, CPL CEO, Damien O’Donohoe, said; “You can sense the excitement is already building and I am thrilled that so many quality players from within the Caribbean and around the world have been attracted to play in the CPL this season. Now that the schedule has been revealed, fans can start to plan a summer of unrivalled entertainment with the biggest party in sport taking centre stage. There will be something for everyone this year and the action will be non-stop from June 20th until the final on Sunday 26th July. Tickets go on sale online at www.cplt20.com from this Sunday, April 5th and in stores across the region in the coming weeks. Full details on ticket dates and availability will be announced on our website, social media pages and in the press also in the coming weeks so we’re really encouraging fans to get their tickets early to avoid disappointment as we fully expect to be selling out stadiums across the region again this year. We are very much looking forward to welcoming our CPL fans from around the Caribbean and the world to each of our great venues.”