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Yello CPL Crash Course for Beginners

Confused about cricket and how the CPL T20 Tournament Works? Yello has you covered. Keep reading.


We are deep in the thick of it for the 2018 CPL T20 tournament. With a total of fourteen matches already played, strong predictions abound on who will be the last team standing. However, despite the ever-growing success of the tournament, there is still some confusion about the format and how it all works. So here’s a quick breakdown, particularly if you’re new to the excitement.


The tournament features six island-based franchises competing against each other. That is, The St. Lucia Stars, The Guyana Amazon Warriors, The St.Kitts and Nevis Patriots, The Jamaica Tallawahs, The Barbados Tridents and The Trinbago Knight Riders. Each team is made of up of a combination of local players, as well as players from other islands, as well as some international players.


Prior to the start of this year’s tournament, two key changes were made to the format. The first was a 0.05 point penalty instituted if a team failed to complete their overs within the allotted time frame, which is 85 minutes or 1 hour and 25 minutes, barring any unforeseen circumstances such as rain or delays. A 0.10 point deduction would also be applied for every additional over the team goes through. The points would be deducted from the team’s net run rate.


The second change was the introduction of a coin toss to determine which team would bat first, in the event of a Super Over to determine the result of a tied match. Previously, batting first privileges in a Super Over automatically went to the team which batted second.


A total of 34 matches will be played across all six islands represented, as well as three in the state of Florida, in the U.S. The format of the tournament consist of a round-robin stage where each team will play every other team twice, for a total of ten matches. During this stage, teams will accumulate a number of points depending on their win-loss record and thus cementing the leader-board/standings. At the conclusion of the round robin stage, teams that qualify will move into the playoffs, aka the knock-out stage, consisting of one playoff match, an eliminator, followed by the semi-final and finally the grand finale.


The top four teams will qualify to the knock-out stage. The first playoff match will be played between the top two teams, where the winner of that match will automatically qualify for the final. The eliminator match will then be played between the third and fourth placed teams. The winner of that match will then play the loser of the playoff match in the semi-final, to determine who will face the winner of the playoff match in the finals.


As the leader-board currently stands, The St.Lucia Stars are effectively out of playoff contention, while The Guyana Amazon Warriors and The Trinbago Knight Riders seem like sure things to make it to the playoff stage. However, there are still quite a few matches left to play to determine the top four spots and certainly, a lot can happen to turn things around.


Now you can look like pro in front your boss or significant other at the next CPL match.



  1. http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/24241706/cpl-undergo-two-significant-changes-playing-conditions
  2. https://www.dnaindia.com/cricket/report-caribbean-premier-league-cpl-2018-full-schedule-teams-players-and-all-you-need-to-know-2646520
  3. https://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket/hero-cpl-2018-teams-format-and-squads-all-you-need-to-know-ss/6

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