Caribbean Premier League has terminated the participation agreement with the Royal Sports Club, the St Lucia Stars franchise. The termination means immediate elimination of St Lucia Stars for the CPL.
The league organisers, CPL Limited are trying to find a new franchisee for St Lucia well in time for the 2019 season, which is scheduled to start on September 4.
“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. 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,” CPL has stated in a Press release.
“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,” the release added. “More information about that new franchise will follow in due course.”
St Lucia Stars, formerly St Lucia Zouks, have never won the CPL since it started in 2013.
The termination is reportedly influenced by non-payment of salary and dues to some of the players.