CASTRIES, St Lucia — For the upcoming 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League, the ever-popular Aussie batsman, David Warner, has agreed to join the St Lucia Stars team. His iconic gameplay style will be on full display for all to enjoy as Sky Sports broadcasts the games live in Ireland and the UK.
Although Warner has proven himself as a seasoned cricket player in Twenty20 matches worldwide, he is joining the Hero games for the first time. His last appearance in the Caribbean was in 2012 while playing for Australia in their match against the West Indies. Not surprising, as he is well-known as the third-ranking ODI batsman in the entire world, according to 2017 stats rankings.
With the recent ball-tampering incident leading to his ejection from international cricket competitions, Warner had to open up to alternate competitions to stay in the game. Despite the alleged transgressions, he brings an enormous amount of skill and experience to the St Lucia cricket team. At his last match in the One Day International, he scored an incredible 109. He has played nearly 250 local and international Twenty20 matches for various teams worldwide.
The St Lucia Stars team consists of a balanced mix of local and overseas players, including Rumman Raees, Kieron Pollard, Odean Smith and D’Arcy Short. With the encouraging wins of the 2016 season, this team is set to sweep the floor with their competition. The rebranding of the team name and logo in 2017 highlights the team’s renewed focus on becoming number one in the league. The addition of Warner will only serve to help that pursuit, as he is known for breaking records on his own and with assistance from his teammates.
The Hero league tournament is set to kick off on August 8, 2018, and run until September 16, 2018. Within that timeframe, Sky Sports will broadcast the 34 Twenty20 cricket matches on the books. Other international cricketers set to join the Hero teams include:
• Brendon McCullum
• Chris Lynn
• Martin Guptill
The 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League kicks off with a match between the St Lucia Stars and Trinbago Knight Riders on August 9 at the Queen’s Park Oval. St Lucia will not play again until the fourth match on August 11 at Providence Stadium, where they will be playing against the Guyana Amazon Warriors.
To determine the winner, the four leading teams will square off for the playoff matches, starting on September 11 at Providence Stadium. With Warner’s track record of excellence, the St Lucia Stars have a good chance of making it to playoffs and bringing home the championship.
In fact, bets worldwide have come pouring in to support the St Lucia Stars’ success in their first match. As the competition heats up, the number of bets coming in could hit a fever pitch. The game type, pitch conditions and player stats will all play an important role in making winning bets match after match.
Enthusiasts hail the 2018 Hero competition as the “Biggest Party in Sport,” inspiring everyone to enjoy a bit of the action, after all. And, with his penchant for flair on the field, opening batsman Warner will undoubtedly get this party started with the first match against Trinbago.