The Next Rising Team - st Lucia Zouks
The Caribbean Premier League (CPL or CPLT20) is the first Twenty20 cricket tournament organised in the Caribbean. The world's finest cricketers gather annually to show off their skills. Launched in 2013 by the Cricket West Indies (CWI), it established the right mix of refined prowess in the field with excitement due to limited overs. This T20 tournament is played between six CPL teams among which is St Lucia Zouks (now rebranded and known as St Lucia Zouks).
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St Lucia Zouks History:
Formerly known as St Lucia Zouks (from 2013-2016 and in 2019-20), the team was founded during the inaugural season of the CPL T20. It was first rebranded and referred to as St Lucia Stars (2017-18). With the change in ownership in 2021, the team was renamed St Lucia Zouks. The CPL team is the representative team of Saint Lucia, and its home ground is the Darren Sammy Stadium. Darren Sammy was elected as the team's first captain in 2013.
St Lucia Zouks Owner:
The team was initially owned by Jay Pandya, owner of Royal Sports Club, LLC. Punjab Kings, the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, bought the ownership to St Lucia Zouks' team in 2021. With an Indian board of directors, the list of St Lucia Zouks' current owners are as follows:
St Lucia Zouks Players:
There is a limit of five international players per team and a maximum of four players under the age of 23. The current list of st Lucia Zouks' players and their roles are as follows:
Previous Coaches and Captains of St Lucia Zouks:
The current captain of St Lucia Zouks is Andre Fletcher. The team is under the guidance of head coach Andy Flower and mentor Darren Sammy from 2020. The previous coach of the team was James Foster.
The list of previous captains are as follows:
Past Performance of st Lucia Zouks:
Throughout the Caribbean Premier League, st Lucia Zouks's performance has brought up several criticisms. With no record of winning titles, the team struggled in the bottom positions during its initial years.
Although st Lucia Zouks won their first CPL match by 5 wickets, the team had won only 2 games all season. It was recorded as the team's worst opening season. They finished the tournament on a low note by winning only 2 of 7 games. Cricketer Andre Fletcher hit the most runs (238) in St Lucia with a strikeout of 39.66.
Similar to the previous season's play, the team had won only 2 out of 7 games in CPL 2014, finishing the league at the second last position.
Even with good plays, the team won only 4 matches out of 10 in 2015. It also marked their third time finishing the league at the second last position.
The team was off to a good start by winning their first match of the season. In total, they won 6 out of 10 games in 2016. This was the first time they qualified for the playoffs by placing third. They finished the season standing at the fourth position among the CPL teams.
Deemed as one of their poor seasons, the team couldn't build any winning streak and again placed last in CPL 2017.
Even with big names onboard and a change in captaincy, this season proved to be a disappointment for the fans. The team could win only 3 out of 10 games and stood at the second-last position out of all the CPL teams.
The team’s performance in 2019 was similar to that of 2018.
With a change in the ownership and the coaching of the team, the team won 6 out of 10 matches and qualified for the playoffs for the second time. The team placed as the runner-up of the Caribbean Premier League 2020 for the first time in history.
The team tried to keep its momentum high and reached the playoffs this season, too. However, the dream to win the title was pushed back as they wound up placing second in the tournament again.
The team’s past performance can be summed up in the below-given table:
Key Players of St Lucia Zouks:
Over the course of the team's journey, quite a few prominent players have made a mark. Some of the key players of St Lucia Zouks are mentioned below:
- Andre Fletcher
- Johnson Charles
- Darren Sammy
- Kesrick Williams
- Obed McCoy
- Shane Shillingford
Likely Predictions for 2022:
st Lucia Zouks has been active in the tournament for 9 years and houses some of the well-known cricket players of the world. The team struggled with a poor performance in its early years. However, over the past two seasons, there has been a change in tide where fans can finally hope for a new dawn in the upcoming games of 2022. It may very well be the year that the team takes home its first title.
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