Cricket West Indies (CWI), on Monday, unveiled the revised schedule for the 2023 season of the Women’s Caribbean Premier League (WCPL). In contrast to the four matches played in the inaugural season last year, the upcoming edition will showcase a total of seven fixtures. The league is set to commence on August 30, with the highly anticipated final scheduled to be held on September 10 in Trinidad and Tobago.
The participating teams in the tournament include Trinbago Knight Riders, Barbados Royals, and Guyana Amazon Warriors. It is worth mentioning that during the 2022 edition, each team played one group game. Eventually, Trinbago Knight Riders, led by legendary Deandra Dottin, emerged victorious over Barbados Royals, captained by current West Indies skipper Hayley Matthews, in the final held in St Kitts.
In this edition, the group stage will adopt a double round-robin format, where each team will face each other twice. The top two teams from the group stage will then advance to the final, competing for the ultimate title.
The scheduling of WCPL has been arranged in a way that avoids overlapping with the Women’s Hundred, which is set to take place from August 1 to 27. This separation in dates ensures that players like Hayley and Dottin can participate in the entire duration of the Women’s Hundred before the WCPL commences. Moreover, this schedule also enables players who have signed up for both tournaments to fully engage in The Hundred and WCPL without any conflicts.
Minister of Sport and Community Development Shamfa Cudjoe stressed upon the partnership between the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the CPL for hosting the final match of the 2023 Women’s CPL. Cudjoe also explained that the hosting of the final game serves as a valuable opportunity to support and promote women and girls in sports.
“Once again, the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is pleased to partner with the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) as we get ready to host the final match of the 2023 Women’s CPL. The hosting of this game comes at an opportune time as it strategically aligns with the goal of the Ministry’s ongoing Pink Reign TT campaign, which speaks to promoting women and girls in sport,” said Cudjoe as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
This article was first published at WomenCricket.com, a Cricket Times company.