CPL terminates contract with St Lucia Stars
St Lucia Stars finished fifth during CPL 2018 (Getty Images)

The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has ended its contract with the Royal Sports Club, LLCS, the owners of St Lucia Stars thus axing the franchise from the T20 league.

CPL announced the decision on Saturday in a press release without giving any specific reason behind the development.

“On 7 August 2019, CPL Limited terminated the participation agreement between it and Royal Sports Club, LLC, the entity that operated the St Lucia Stars franchise,” CPL said in a statement. As a result of that termination, Royal Sports Club, LLC no longer has the right to operate a team to compete in the Caribbean Premier League tournament, and the St Lucia Stars will not be participating in the 2019 Caribbean Premier League, which begins on 4 September 2019.”

St Lucia stars, formerly known as St Lucia Zouks, was one of the original six franchisees when CPL got underway in 2013. In 2017 they were re-branded  – a year after they finished third in the league, their best across six seasons. They were led by West Indies’ two-time T20 world cup winning captain Darren Sammy before he was replaced by Kieron Pollard in 2018.

CPL is already in the process of introducing a new franchise based in St Lucia for its upcoming season that starts from September 4.

“CPL Limited is in the process of establishing and operating a new franchise to be based in St Lucia that will participate in the 2019 Caribbean Premier League. More information about that new franchise will follow in due course,” CPL Limited said.