Caribbean Premier League 2014: Every Team's Captain, Coach and Franchise Players
The 2014 edition of the Caribbean Premier League begins on 11 July and ends 16 August. Six teams will contest 30 matches for the title. Jamaica won the inaugural edition last year, beating Guyana in the final.
Two Hollywood stars are shareholders in the competition, Mark Wahlberg with the Barbados Tridents and Gerard Butler with the Jamaica Tallawahs.
It's not quite the Indian Premier League, but it's still loads of fun. Here's all you need to know about this year's tournament.
Antigua had a poor season in the first edition, finishing fifth overall. Marlon Samuels captains the side, just like last year. Ricky Ponting featured as the International Franchise Player (IFP) last year, but they have employed Saeed Ajmal for that purpose this time around.
They are coached by Tim Nielsen, who is assisted by Carl Hooper and have Sir Vivian Richards as their "mentor."
Caribbean players: Devon Thomas, Ben Laughlin, Orlando Peters, Gavin Tonge, Rahkeem Cornwall, Miguel Cummins, Justin Athanaze, Kieran Powell, Sheldon Cotterell and Danza Hyatt.
International players: David Hussey, Thisara Perera and Saeed Ajmal (IFP).
Barbados made the semi-final last year and were beaten by eventual winners in that match. Kieron Pollard has been retained as captain and also has Dwayne Smith and Ravi Rampaul to call on. Shakib Al Hasan was signed up as one of the overseas players, but with the Bangladesh Cricket Board banning him from cricket and cancelling his no-objection certificate (NOC), don't expect to see him around.
The side is coached by Robin Singh with Henderson Springer as his assistant and Desmond Hayes the team's mentor.
Caribbean players: Dwayne Smith, Ravi Rampaul, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Rayad Emrit, Kyle Mayers, Jonathan Carter, Raymon Reifer, Shane Dowrich and Akeil Hosien.
Overseas players: Imran Nazir, Shoaib Malik (IFP) and Neil McKenzie
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Guyana finished as runners-up last year after topping the points table at the group stage. The side is captained by Sunil Narine and although Corey Anderson was originally signed up as their IFP, he has since been replaced by Jimmy Neesham. New Zealand Cricket asked Anderson to withdraw due to concerns over his fitness.
Guyana are a strong team with the likes of Denesh Ramdin, Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill also featuring on the roster. After the performance last season, the team will be expecting to do one better and win the tournament this time around.
Roger Harper coaches the team and is assisted by Orin Bailey, while Sir Curtly Ambrose is their mentor.
Caribbean players: Krishmar Santokie, Denesh Ramdin, Leon Johnson, Lendl Simmons, Veerasammy Permaul, Steven Jacobs, Christopher Barnwell, Robin Bacchus, Navin Stewart, Ronsford Beaton and Trevon Griffith.
Overseas players: Mohammad Hafeez, Jimmy Neesham (IFP) and Martin Guptill
As winners of last year's tournament and with players like Chris Gayle, Daniel Vettori, Andre Russell and Rusty Theron, Jamaica have loads of pressure on them to perform again this time around. On paper, they are one of the best teams of the tournament, but Twenty20 can do funny thing to teams, even when they are favourites.
Mickey Arthur coaches the team, while Junior Bennett will assist him, and Courtney Walsh will be the side's mentor.
Caribbean players: Chris Gayle, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Carlton Baugh, Chadwick Walton, Andre Russell, David Bernard, Odean Brown, Nikita Miller, Andrew Richardson, Jerome Taylor.
Overseas players: Adam Voges, Daniel Vettori, Rusty Theron, Owais Shah.
St. Lucia Zouks
Like Antigua, St. Lucia won just two of their group games in the 2013 edition of the tournament. This year, they have recruited some big international names to help their charge. Kevin Pietersen forms part of their overseas contingent, as does Brad Hodge, Roelof van der Merwe and Sohail Tanvir.
Darren Sammy captains the team, but there aren't many "big names" to choose from in the local pool. Sammy's biggest challenge will be getting the most out of his home-grown players.
Matthew Maynard is the coach with Stuart Williams as his assistant and Sir Anoy Roberts as the squad's mentor.
Caribbean players: Shane Shillingford, Andre Fletcher, Tino Best, Johnson Charles, Sunil Ambris, Liam Sebastien, Garey Mathurin, Keddy Lesporis, Mervin Mathew, Tonito Willett
International players: Roelof van der Merwe, Kevin Pietersen, Sohail Tanvir and Brad Hodge (IFP)
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago had an unremarkable season last year. They started off three losses on the trot, the worst record of the tournament. They bounced back and won three on the bounce before losing their final group-stage match.
They will be captained by Dwayne Bravo who has talents like Darren Bravo, Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn and Ross Taylor at his disposal. There are plenty of match-winners in the team, but whether they can do it as a team is something only time will tell.
Simon Helmot coaches the side with David Williams as his assistant. The side's mentor is Gordon Greenidge.
Caribbean players: Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Delorn Johnson, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Nicholas Pooran, Fidel Edwards, Kenar Lewis, Jason Mohammad and Kevon Cooper.
Overseas players: Nasir Jamshed, Ross Taylor (IFP) and Kevin O’Brien
All team information via T20Wiki unless otherwise stated.
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