The Biggest Party in Sport is officially coming to Saint Lucia in June.
The 2015 fixture list for the Limacol Caribbean Premier League was revealed on Tuesday, with the Saint Lucia franchise, the Zouks, set to play their first four games at home.
The third edition of the Twenty20 tournament gets underway on Saturday, 20 June. Defending champions, the Barbados Tridents, will host losing finalists, Guyana Amazon Warriors, in the season opener.
Saint Lucia will host the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel from 4pm the following day. There will be an element of familiarity for some of the Zouks, four of whom have previously been members of the twin island state franchise.
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor and pacers Shannon Gabriel (Trinidad and Tobago), Fidel Edwards (Barbados) and Delorn Johnson (Windward Islands, St Vincent and the Grenadines) are the former Red Steel players.
On 24 June, the Zouks get new franchise, the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, featuring Marlon Samuels, Shahid Afridi, and former Zouks players, Sohail Tanvir and Tonito Willett.
Of course, the Zouks have star power of their own, in the persons of West Indies Twenty20 captain, Darren Sammy, England star Kevin Pietersen, and West Indies opener Johnson Charles.
The third home match for Saint Lucia under new head coach Stuart Williams will be on 26 June, against the Amazon Warriors, followed by a matchup against the Jamaica Tallawahs on June 28. The Zouks then travel to Basseterre, St Kitts, where they will play the Tridents twice.
Those matches will precede a trip to Jamaica to face the Tallawahs, after which the Zouks return to St Kitts to meet the Patriots again. Their penultimate encounter will be against Red Steel away, and they close out their campaign against the Amazon Warriors at Providence.
The Zouks will actually be the first team to complete the regular season. Should they make the league’s top four, they will play one of two semifinal matches on July23 and 25 at Queens Park Oval in Trinidad, where the final will also be held on Sunday 26 July.
Record prize money is on offer, and last year’s global audience of 65 million is expected to be surpassed. Tickets go on sale online at www.cplt20.com from Sunday 5 April and in stores across the region in the coming weeks.