US$800 000 in CPL prizes
Organizers of the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League have unveiled the massive array of prizes that the six franchise teams will be thrashing it out for over the next four weeks.
The prize money for the total of the 21 preliminary matches adds up to 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 tournament 20 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.
The Catch Of The Match award by official partner El Dorado will go to the player in each of the 24 matches who makes the most thrilling catch while Virgin, the official airline of the Caribbean Premier League, will be staging the Virgin Challenge, which encourages the players, in pursuit of a chance to win a round the world trip for two, to hit balls high into the sky to try and strike the Virgin red balloon positioned over the stadium.
In addition, title sponsor and Guyana Amazon Warriors franchise owner Limacol has 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 Caribbean Premier League,” said CPL chief executive officer Damien O’Donohoe.
“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.
“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 tournament started last night with a match between Barbados Tridents and St Lucia Zouks. (CPL)