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In the first part of my IPL team’s analysis I look at four teams; Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Discussing strengths/weaknesses, possible changes to their XI and looking at where I think they’ll finish the season.

Here is the stats sheet I’ll often refer to in this article:

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In the first part of my IPL team’s analysis I look at four teams; Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians. Discussing strengths/weaknesses, possible changes to their XI and looking at where I think they’ll finish the season.

Here is the stats sheet I’ll often refer to in this article:

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September 19th is fast approaching, which means only one thing, IPL matches are coming back to our screens. With 27 group stage games left to play, plus knockout rounds, the tournament will be wrapped up in less than a month with the final taking place on 15th October.

Due to current Covid conditions in India, the IPL will return to the UAE, the same place that the 2020 edition of IPL was hosted. With three venues being used; Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, once again the same three grounds that were used last season. …

A third name change in as many years for Saint Lucia. Previously the Saint Lucia Stars, then the Saint Lucia Zouks and now the Saint Lucia Kings. This name change was as a result of the franchise being taken over by the same consortium that owns the Punjab Kings in the IPL.

Faf Du Plessis will captain the side this year and is expected to be fit for the season opener, after missing a chunk of cricket, including the entirity of the Hundred, with side effects from a concussion he sustained in the PSL earlier this year. Andy Flower remains…

Jamaica have been fairly average since winning the CPL for a second time in 2016. The last three seasons have seen them win 11 out of the 32 matches they’ve played. Change is definitely needed for Jamaica and they’re a side that has often been criticised for being ‘Dre or bust,’ referring to how reliant they are on their star player Andre Russell.

It was a semi-final exit for Jamaica last season but that sounds a bit better than it actually is. With four of six teams going through to the knockout rounds it isn’t always the most difficult to…

No matter what happens for St Kitts this season, it will be a matter of what could’ve been for me. They had to pull something out of the bag in terms of recruitment after a dreadful season last year and they did just that, only to have all four of their first choice overseas signings have to withdraw through international duty.

Having originally recruited Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rassie van der Dussen, Wanindu Hasaranaga and Anrich Nortje, it was brilliant recruitment from St Kitts that unforunately hasn’t been rewarded. They’ve got a couple of decent replacements but they’re not on the same…

Formally known as Barbados Tridents, they recently became the third CPL team to partner with an IPL franchise. After Rajasthan Royals bought a majority stake in the CPL side. The news should be a positive for Barbados as Rajasthan are an IPL franchise that are thought of as being smart and thorough when it comes to recruitment.

Jason Holder will once again captain the side and Daniel Vettori was recently announced as coach for the season. …

Opponents for TKR in the season opener, Guyana have been consistent side in the CPL over the last few seasons and since the tournament started really. Finishing in the top two in each of the last three seasons, as well as winning all 10 group stage games in 2019, before eventually losing to Barbados in the final. Last time out they finished second in the group stages, albeit there was a big gap of 8 points between them and TKR in 1st & 2nd, they were then knocked out in the semi finals against Saint Lucia.

Despite their consistency in…

Bookies favourites, Trinbago Knight Riders get underway on the opening day of the CPL, facing Guyana Amazon Warriors in the first game of the tournament. The fact they’re favourites is unsurprising, after they went unbeaten in last season’s campaign, on their way to a second CPL tournament in three seasons. They’ll be under the same captain/coach combination once again, with Kieron Pollard as captain and Brendon McCullum as coach.

It was an extraordinary campaign for TKR last time out, showing dominance we haven’t quite seen before in a franchise competition. …

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The 2021 version of the CPL gets underway later this month, with the first game taking place on 26th August, with the final being held on 15th September. Meaning 33 games will be crammed into just under 3 weeks and double headers will be played for the entirety of the group stages, with triple headers for the final two game weeks. There is only two days without games from the start of the competition until the end, meaning we could see plenty of rotation as teams look to avoid fatigue/injuries.

Last season’s tournament wasn’t exactly a close run event. TKR…


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