All 34 matches in this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be broadcast live on Facebook around the world, via Facebook’s official live streaming partner Grabyo.
According to the media release, CPL will become the first sports league to supplement its existing broadcast deals and use the Facebook Live platform to ensure that 40 countries around the world, including the likes of Pakistan, South Africa and The Philippines can now view the biggest party in sport live. CPL COO Pete Russell said Facebook Live has the potential “to change the face of cricket broadcasting”.
In May this year, Bangladesh ace allrounder Shakib Al Hasan told The Daily Star that he was extremely excited to join the Jamaica Tallawahs for his stint in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), and one of the driving forces behind his decision to play in the West Indies was his wife's love for the beautiful islands.
“I enjoy it [the tournament] very much. And even if I didn't want to, my wife always wants me to play because we get to see all the Caribbean islands, which are beautiful!” Shakib explained.
“I've already been to the landmarks, so I think this time we [my wife and I] will go Chris's house and have parties there. Of course, there are parties everywhere you go to play, but the main focus will be on the pitch and how I perform.”
A host of international stars will be competing from across the cricketing world at this year’s CPL including the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, Shoaib Malik, Kumar Sangakkara, Dale Steyn, Mike Hussey and Shane Watson.
In addition, the six CPL sides – Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders will include a host of ICC World T20 champions including the likes of Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle and Andre Russell who took the world by storm in India earlier this year.
Catch the team profile of Jamaica Tallawahs and their upcoming matches here.