Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Meaning behind Limacol CPL Twenty20 franchise names

Amidst the unfolding drama of the Limacol CPL T20 tournament, one has noticed that many a spectator have been querying where and what are the origins of the various team names and logos.

Although one knows that this information has been released prior, it has become apparent that another explanation or gentle reminder needs to be had.

It was in the middle of June that the names of the franchises were released and some explanation as to how the name and the logos were derived were given.

Starting with the Jamaica-based team, Tallawah comes from the unique language of its home. The word means strong and sturdy and someone who is not to be underestimated. The logo of the team features a crocodile which can be found in Jamaica and has it place in the country’s folklore. The crocodile can also be found in the Jamaican Coat of Arms.

Though the Barbados Tridents logo and name is said to need no explanation, here is one just in case. The gold and blue colours are representative of the country’s flag and national colours while the broken Trident also found on the flag and is symbol of the island’s independence.

In the team’s logo it is depicted in the form of a crown to represent the notion of kings and the desire to win and be dominant, which all can agree is the case thus far in the tournament as they are undefeated to date.

Best known for the Amazon rainforest and river and before colonisation they also had a proud group of indigenous people, the Guyana-based team was given the name of Amazon Warriors. The logo carries the country’s national colours and also has shapes which are represented in the national flag creating arrows.

The Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel also follows the pattern of carrying the country’s national colours in its logo and they have even stayed true to the diagonal strip found in the flag as well with a bird featured in the logo.

The name is a combination of the dominant colour of red with one of the more prominent industries in the country, steel.

For the Antigua-based team, some have asked why not Hawks, or even just Bills, why Hawksbill?

However, it seems that the CPL is ever environmentally aware and has taken to highlight the issue of the endangered Hawksbill turtle.

It is the most common sea turtle in Antigua and the turtle’s head is the feature of the logo.

Animal heads are familiar in popular sports teams’ branding icons, and Antigua’s logo of the hawksbill’s head is colourful, dynamic and strong.

Our St. Lucia neighbours will be pleased to note that their style of music has been honoured in this way and the team based there is named the Zouks.

The logo shows two characters in a classic Zouk pose, a cricketer pulling a ball for six and a backwards diving catch. All combined among the blue and yellow flame symbol derived from the national coat of arms.

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