The ninth edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is all set to begin on August 26. With the first game only a day away, all the teams have already tightened their boots and have started their preparations. Most of the players and support staff have arrived in St Nevis and Kitts ahead of the marquee event.
As per the new normal forced by COVID-19, everyone has to go through a testing process. Every individual who was a part of the contingent of 255 people also had to go through the COVID-19 testing process, out of which two people were found to be positive. A contact tracing process was initiated with immediate effect to prevent any further spread of the virus and fortunately, no other positive case was detected. Also, the two people who were tested positive for COVID-19 have been kept in isolation according to the procedure and protocols in place.
The Tournament Operations Director of CPL 2021, Michael Hall said that the CPL committee is looking forward to witnessing cricketing action from August 26. “The two positive cases were identified quickly following on arrival testing and were flagged with CPL 2021, while in-room quarantine was still taking place for those individuals. The tournament bubble remains intact and there has been no exposure to the wider public in the Federation. We are looking forward to getting the cricket underway on August 26,” said Hall.
Trinbago Knight Riders to take on Amazon Warriors in the opening game
Kieron Pollard-led Trinbago Knight Riders will be taking on the Nicholas Pooran-led Guyana Amazon Warriors in the opening clash of CPL 2021. TKR enjoys a good history in the Caribbean T20 league as they have won the title most number of times. On the other hand, GAW has made it to the finals five times but are yet to win the title.