CPL 2016 was a grand showdown with fierce fights between its teams and players worldwide. The Jamaica Tallawahs winning the cup is itself the witness of the unconventional stands of teams and players in the tournament. Throughout the matches, the Tallawahs faced defeats and there were games where some teams played better than them. However, it was the Gayle's Team that won the low scoring final against the Amazon Warriors. This season, CPL 2016 has brought to light some interesting traits and developments.
In the latest CPL, there was an apparent clash of preference of formats and cricketing instances. The West Indies Cricket Board hosted Test Tournament with India and the CPL at the same time and players had to be closed and divided with no substantial groundwork or consideration. A number of talented players were not picked up until the alarm bell rang and disputes over many issues were left unsolved.
The Test with India came up as the prime barrier for players who could have otherwise participated in CPL. Even former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly could not restrain himself from pointing out fingers at WICB for their bias towards CPL prioritising the India Test Series. CPL teams came up with players like Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Bravo, but the tournament failed to bring up new talents like Keon Joseph, Evin Lewis and their likes.
However, even if some players were excluded, the tournament was still successful to up bring a number of young players. Among others, Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell delivered the best shots to put themselves in the limelight. They were like the discoveries of the tournament. Pooran, the young wicketkeeper cum batsman was the match winning bet for Barbados Tridents. His 81 off 39 along with the other half century were iconic. Keiron Pollard pointed out that they must pick him up in the national team and de Villers posed him as a "special talent."
Rovman Powell, on the other hand, played intrinsic innings to deliver exemplary knocks. Darren Ganga, the top first class cricketer of the country said that Powell is blessed with talent and he "would like to see him exposed to first-class cricket so that his talents can be seen in all formats." Apart from these two, there were other young players like Evin Lewis who stole the shows.
Typically in CPL, the spinners rule the pitch. But in the recent season fast bowlers were able to find grand success. Furthermore, most of the Carribean pitches are unfavorable for fast bowlers. West Indies has seen a decline of fast bowlers that emerged as a prime drawback of the team. But in the latest CPL season, the breakthrough from Micheal Hilton, Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins and Shannon Gabriel has shown the dawn of a new era for West Indies.
For Andy Roberts, the fast bowler from the country who ravaged pitches in his times, said that the resurgence of fast bowlers in the West Indies is encouraging. However, he also emphasized that players should be exposed to more forms of cricket like Test apart from domestic leagues. The senior player is still skeptical about their fast bowlers. He advised that bowlers should put their talents at work as soon as possible.
The repercussions of CPL 2016 will have a positive effect in West Indies cricket and it has rightly fulfilled its objectives. T20 Leagues are played to bring new players to the mainstream and it has done the job for West Indies.
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