Inaugural edition of Women's CPL to get underway alongside Men's event in August

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Inaugural edition of Women's CPL to get underway alongside Men's event in August

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In a major development, Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) confirmed that this year’s CPL will see the inaugural edition of the Women’s Caribbean Premier League (WCPL). The women's event will be played alongside the men's and will feature three franchise teams that will compete for the first-ever Women’s CPL title, CWI and CPL confirmed on Monday (March 14).

The three teams will be Barbados Royals, Guyana Amazon Warriors and Trinbago Knight Riders. The women's tournament just like the men's event will have some of the biggest cricketers from the Caribbean and will also include several international superstars.

The year 2022 will mark the tenth edition of the franchise tournament and will see WCPL being contested alongside the men's event between August 30 and September 30. The CPL has been one of the most watched franchise competition around the world, with over half a billion viewers watching for the second successive year.

This monumental development will push women's cricket in the Caribbean to unscaled heights and it is seen as the new dawn for women's cricket.

“Increasing the opportunities for West Indian women and girls to get involved in cricket is one of CWI’s strategic priorities, and we are delighted that we have been able to partner with CPL to further the expansion plans that we had first unveiled in 2019 prior to the arrival of the Covid Pandemic. We are confident that all CPL women’s games will be highly competitive and will add quality entertainment to our fans in the region and around the world,”  said Ricky Skerritt, CWI President.

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With three Caribbean countries hosting the group stages and the fourth venue being chosen for the finals, CPL will most likely be played across more countries this year.

The much anticipated women's event was in the pipeline from a very long time and has now turned into a reality because of the combined efforts of CWI and CPL.

“The addition of a women’s event to the CPL is something that has been an ambition for a long time and we are very pleased that it has become a reality. We would like to thank CWI for working with us to make this happen. The Women’s T10 Challenge which took place during the 2019 CPL was a huge success and we are looking forward to the next step forward,” said Pete Russell, CPL’s CEO.

“We are very pleased to confirm the dates for the 2022 tournament and with travel around the world and region becoming easier CPL will be able to visit more than one country this year, so fans can enjoy CPL in person once again,” added Russell.