The Red Steel won a thrilling final in front of their home fans at a rocking Queen's Park Oval, seeing off the defending champions Barbados Tridents.
Half centuries from Kamran Akmal (60) and Cameron Delport (50) in a century partnership, plus a late flurry from Dwayne Bravo (29) saw them post an imposing total of 178-6.
Barbados made a stunning start in return, with US star Steven Taylor scoring 20 runs off his first 10 balls in CPL and Dwayne Smith finding form. The pair put on 47 in the opening four overs before Taylor's debut ended when he was out lbw to Johan Botha.
The Tridents tried to keep pace with Smith (49) falling just short of a half century and Kyle Corbin (20) and Misbah Ul Haq (21) getting among the runs.
But they fell behind an imposing rate and even the arrival of Kieron Pollard (20 off 14 balls) couldn't see them home
The Caribbean Premier League T20 has been going the rounds in the region for the past three years attracting huge crowds on its way. It has been almost like the Pied Piper.
A few weeks ago, however, the highly respected cricket journalist, Tony Cozier wrote that the CPLT20 may not return to Barbados, and just over one week ago, an Australian director of the CPL, implored the people and the private sector of Jamaica to support it.
The reason it may not return to Barbados, according to Cozier, is that despite the full houses at Kensington Oval, the CPLT20 has been losing money. According to CEO, Damien O'Donohue, and COO, Pete Russell, unless the government comes up with at least US$1 million, it probably will not be back, not if another territory comes with the money.
And the director's plea for help from Jamaica is along the same lines, in spite of the full houses at Sabina Park ever since the start of the CPL in 2013.
“It's part and parcel of not performing year in, year out that we've found ourselves in this position. All we can say is that all our programmes have to be geared towards making West Indies cricket better. I don't think if you try to do stop-gap measures by going to the Champions Trophy that serves anything at this point in time,” he added.
The WICB president also noted that the Tri-series involving Zimbabwe and Pakistan was not totally signed off on.
ESPNcricinfo quote "Zimbabwe had also floated an idea for a tri-series involving West Indies, but with Pakistan qualifying for the Champions Trophy, the PCB seems to have had a change of heart, leaving Zimbabwe to scrap their plan. Zimbabwe Cricket did not respond to ESPNcricinfo's queries."
The hosts lost the toss but Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo was not concerned. Amazon Warriors opener Lendl Simmons cracked the first two balls of the innings to the boundary and plundered 12 runs from the first over, but that was the highlight for Guyana as their innings halted and then quite spectacularly unravelled under intimate examination from the slower bowlers of the Red Steel attack.