Only Trinidad and Tobago to host Caribbean Premier League

The CPL will be the first T20 league to take place after the worldwide spread of COVID-19; strict safety procedures will be in place.

The Caribbean Premier League will be held from August 18 to September 10, 2020.   -  Getty Images

The Caribbean Premier League 2020 will be held in Trinidad and Tobago from August 18 to September 10.

The organisers of the T20 league got the approval for this on Friday from the local government.

Though international cricket has already begun, CPL will be the first T20 league to take place after the worldwide spread of COVID-19.

Strict safety procedures will be in place for the tournament to minimise the risk of virus transmission to the local population and among those who will be travelling to Trinidad and Tobago from overseas. All teams and officials will be housed in one hotel and everyone will be subject to strict quarantine protocols for the first two weeks they are in the country.

“Everyone travelling from overseas will be tested for COVID-19, before departure and then again on arrival in Trinidad,” said the CPL in a statement.

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Teams and officials will be put into “households” where social distancing will need to be in place. There will be smaller clusters within each household where these measures can be relaxed.

Temperature checks

“However, if any member of this cluster display signs of COVID-19 at any time during the tournament all members of that cluster will be expected to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time that a member of that cohort first shows symptoms,” the statement read.

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“All members of the CPL party will be subject to regular temperature checks and will be re-tested for the virus throughout their stay in Trinidad and again before departure,” it added.

The CPL will feature overseas and Caribbean players including Rashid Khan, Chris Lynn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Alex Hales and Kieron Pollard. The Caribbean islands haven’t been as severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as many other countries, with Trinidad and Tobago reporting 133 cases so far.

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