West Indies players will not have to choose between club and country this August when the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) bowls off. That’s because Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the CPL organisers have come to an agreement on a window for this year’s edition. The tournament bowls off August 8th and ends on September 16th.
The window means that there will be no clash with international fixtures. During the last two tournaments, there were clashes with India and England respectively. Pete Russell, the Chief Operating Officer of the CPL said, “Here in the Caribbean we are blessed with some of the most exciting cricketers in the world and it is fantastic news that all West Indies players will be available in 2018. It will help make the Biggest Party in Sport even bigger.”
Johnny Grave, CEO of Cricket West Indies, said: “The Hero CPL is now the start of our domestic season and we are delighted that we have found a window when all of the best cricketers from the Caribbean will be available to take part. We are sure that 2018 will be the biggest season yet.”
While there may be no international clashes, the CPL will coincides with the T20 Blast, England's domestic T20 tournament, which will run from July till September.