The “biggest party in sport,” the Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket tournament, opened its fourth season last Wednesday and continues on Monday, July 4, with a match that will stream live, pitting the defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders against the Jamaica Tallawahs — with theT20 World Cup winning West Indies star and Knight Riders captain Dwayne Bravo, squaring off against his Windies teammate Chris Gayle, who skippers the Jamaica franchise, who captured the inaugural CPL championship in 2013.
Trinbago was then previously as the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, but after Bollywood mega-star Shah Rukh Khan purchased the team, he renamed them after the Indian Premier League team which he also owns, the Kolkata Knight Riders.
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The 2016 season will also feature the first CPL matches played in the United States, as the final six group stage games — from July 28 through July 31 — are scheduled to be contested at Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida, just east of Fort Lauderdale.
The Florida matches will offer a rare opportunity for U.S.-based cricket fans to see current stars of the sport in action, competing in meaningful games.
Last year, retired cricket greats Shane Warne of Australia and Sachin Tendulkar of India led a “Cricket All-Stars” tour of retired players in a three-match series of exhibition matches at Major League Baseball stadiums.
Watch highlights of the July 2 match pitting Trinbago against the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the 2016 Caribbean Premier League July 4 T20 cricket match, Trinbago Knight Riders Vs. Jamaica Tallawahs, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. The opening match gets underway at 7 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Wednesday, June 29.
Atlantic Standard Time is the same as U.S. Eastern Daylight Time. The match starts at 4 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
In addition to most of the players known to West Indies cricket fans as stars of their T20 World Cup winning team, the 2016 edition of the six-team Caribbean Premier League also features the strongest group of international signings in the four-year history of the CPL.
Hashim Amla of South Africa features for Trinbago while fellow Proteas superstar A.B. de Villiers has signed on with the Barbados Tridents and South Africa paceman Morne Morkel will bowl for St. Lucia, which also features Australia all-rounder Shane Watson.
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— aadhithyavarman (@WrestleReaders) June 16, 2016
Former New Zealand Captain Brendon McCullum joins Amla and Bravo with the Knight Riders, and South Africa fast bowling legend Dale Steyn has signed on with the Jamaica Tallawahs, captained by West Indies slugger Chris Gayle.
Watch highlights from the 2015 CPL Championship Final match, with the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel defeating the Barbados Tridents, in the video below.
The West Indies Cricket Board has released several of the team’s top Test players to participate in the 2016 Caribbean Premier League — including Captain Jason Holder; all-rounder Carlos Braithwaite, hero of the T20 World Cup; and batsman Darren Bravo.
But the WICB will require those Test players to leave their CPL teams on July 11, giving them 10 days to prepare for for the first match of the four-Test India tour of the West Indies that opens on July 21 in Antigua.
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Every match of the 2016 Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket season will be streamed live online by international sports network One World Sports, which has signed an exclusive U.S. broadcast deal with the CPL for this year. Viewers who already have a subscription to the channel via a cable or satellite service can access a free live stream at this link. For fans who don’t have a One World Sports TV subscription, the online Sling TV international sports package includes One World Sports with all 34 Caribbean Premier League matches, and costs a fee of $10 per month. But the first month is free, and the subscription can be cancelled at any time. To access the Sling TV offer, visit this link.
But One World Sports will also offer two other options to receive a live stream of the 2016 Caribbean Premier League, including the Trinbago Knight Riders Vs. Jamaica Tallawahs match. For a price of $9.99, fans can subscribe to receive the entire CPL season, or pay $3.99 for a 24-hour block of access at this link.
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