As we near the business end of CPL2016, the time has come where teams can work out exactly which games have to be won for them to reach the playoff matches. Below is a look at the outcomes that will lead to each playoff lay-out.
After the dust has settled from Carlos Brathwaite’s World T20-winning quartet of sixes, I am sure that the following question has flashed across the minds of fans of this charismatic West Indies side: if they can dominate Twenty20 cricket, why can’t they perform in Test cricket? Although success in one format does not necessarily translate into success in the other, some of this talent should be transferable. In the wake of another innings defeat today, the question has to be asked: in the event that everyone was available, how much better could the West Indian Test side be?
When you think about the great fast-bowling all-rounders of Test cricket, a litany of charismatic players spring to mind such as Ian Botham and Kapil Dev. However, if you were to turn your mind to the great slow-bowling all-rounders, you would struggle to come up with a comparable list of names. Apart from perhaps Wilfred Rhodes, a dominant figure in early 20th century English cricket, there is not one who has been able to rise to the level of greatness.
Indeed, among the players with 1000 runs, 100 wickets and a positive average differential – the mark of a strong all-round cricketer is one with a higher batting average than bowling – just three are spin bowlers. Given that being a fast-bowling all-rounder places such a tremendous strain on the body, it is surprising that this number is not higher. But, even more surprisingly, the one with the best average differential is Ravichandran Ashwin of India with a batting average of 34 and a bowling average of 25.
Match 11: Guyana Amazon Warriors v Trinbago Knight Riders at Providence, 10 July – Match 19: Jamaica Tallawahs v Trinbago Knight Riders at Kingston, 18 July
At the near two-thirds point of the tournament, the Jamaica Tallawahs are at the top of the leaderboard, having lost just one match in seven games. At this point, all six teams are mathematically capable of making the play-offs, although St Kitts and Nevis will probably have to win all three of their last matches and need results to go their way. Upcoming in the last third of the group stage are the inaugural Caribbean Premier League matches in the US, which will be played in Lauderhill, Florida. Continue reading