The inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL) T20 Tournament gets underway tonight, and the organisers have unveiled the massive array of prizes that the six franchise teams will be thrashing it out for over the next four weeks.
As the action gets going in six countries across the Caribbean and the eyes of the world are fixed on the awesome cricket and party action, the prize money for the total of the 21 preliminary matches adds up to a massive US$525,000 (US$25,000 per match) and the semi-finalists will battle it out in a winner take all final match with a winning purse worth US$250,000.
Along with the Man of the Match award of US$1,000 per match across the full 24 matches, and additional player awards the total prize pot for the LCPLT20 will exceed a whopping US$800,000.
But the winning doesn’t stop there as the tournament sponsors are bringing their own exciting challenges to the cricket and entertainment action. Official partner, El Dorado’s “Catch of the Match” award will go to the player in each of the 24 matches who makes the most thrilling catch while Virgin, the official airline of the LCPL T20, will be staging the “Virgin Challenge” which encourages the players to hit balls high into the sky to try and strike the Virgin red balloon positioned over the stadium with the chance to win a round the world trip for two for the master slugger who rises to the challenge.
In addition title sponsor and Guyana Amazon Warriors franchise owner Limacol have introduced the Super Six award where US$500 per match – 24 matches, US$12,000 in total – will be given to the player who scores the most sixes in that match.
“It’s all eyes on the Caribbean as the six teams get set to be battle it out and be crowned the winner of the first ever Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20. While being named the winner of the tournament is a great achievement in and of itself we also know that the substantial prize pot plus the fantastic challenges that the sponsors are putting in place will also be a great motivator for the players, said Limacol CPL CEO Damien O’Donohoe.
He continues; “With the countdown on to the first ball being bowled, we are looking forward to some thrilling clashes as the teams rise to the challenge to try and take home both the bragging rights and the fantastic prize pot.”
The Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 Tournament begins on 30 July in Barbados and concludes in Trinidad & Tobago on 24 August.