St Lucia Zouks will make a return to the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), replacing St Lucia Stars for the upcoming season.
Zouks was the name of the original franchise from St Lucia when the league was launched in 2013. In 2016, Stars replaced Zouks, but last week the CPL terminated its participation agreement with Royal Sports Club, LLC, the entity that operates the St Lucia franchise.
CPL didn't elaborate on the reasons behind Stars' termination, but said it was "in the process of establishing and operating a new franchise to be based in St Lucia" for the upcoming season, which begins on September 4.
Jay Pandya, the chief executive and owner of Royal Sports Club, LLC, termed the CPL decision "an attempt to bully us", one which, he said, the franchise would fight legally. "CPL Limited has absolutely no basis, legal or otherwise, to terminate our contractual rights to operate St Lucia Stars," Pandya told ESPNcricinfo. "We vehemently dispute CPL's decision and will use all means necessary to vindicate our rights. This is an attempt to bully us, plain and simple. We are confident in our position and look forward to securing justice against CPL's blatantly illegal act in the appropriate court of law."