By Denesh Ramdin, West Indies Test and Guyana Amazon Warriors captain
"I'm very excited about the CPL starting again. We've got some new players at Guyana and a new coach, Carl Hooper, who brings incredible knowledge and experience, so hopefully everything will fit together and we can have a successful tournament.
"We'd definitely like to go one step further this year. We've been runners-up in both CPL competitions so far, so we know that sore feeling only too well! We know what it feels like to lose the final, so we need to get over the winning line this time.
"The islands are amazing holiday locations, fantastic places to go" - Denesh Ramdin
"It's an amazing tournament to be involved in. There's a great atmosphere, and we got great crowds last year too, loads of people coming down to the grounds and enjoying themselves.
"There's great cricket, music, food; all-round entertainment for the crowds! It's a friendly atmosphere, everyone's having fun, very relaxed.
"The islands are fantastic, really fantastic places to go to. Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis... They are amazing holiday locations, all of them.
"We've got players from all around the world coming to the CPL again... Australians, South Africans etc etc... They love it here, they bring their families and they really want to come and spend time here.
"It's a bit strange playing for Guyana when I'm from Trinidad, but that's franchise cricket for you, and this will be my third season playing for the Warriors in the CPL. There's a lot of friendly banter when I play against my friends, and I definitely want to beat the Red Steel this year!
"I think you look at the stronger teams as the ones you most want to beat - Barbados are obviously the holders, and Jamaica have an incredibly strong team with Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Mahela Jayawardene, and so on. You have to pay attention to those players.
"What's our plan for Chris Gayle? Run him out!" - Denesh Ramdin
"What's our plan for Gayle? Run him out! As a bowler, you've got to try and back yourself - whatever your plan is, whether that's yorkers, or slower balls, you've got to do what you can and hope for the best.
"Experience is crucial in Twenty20 cricket, especially if you're chasing a target. Being able to keep your cool when the run rate goes up isn't easy, and you often find it's the more experienced players who deal with those situations better.
"We've got Brad Hodge and Shivnarine Chanderpaul with us at Guyana this season, and they're both very experienced players. Shiv hasn't played in the CPL yet, and, chatting to him recently, he's very excited about it. Once he gets himself in, he's incredibly hard to bowl at.
"It's also really important that young players are brought through in big tournaments like the CPL, so we can see how good they are and get them ready for international cricket too.
"We've seen in the CPL already players like Jason Holder and Jermaine Blackwood coming through, doing well and playing for the West Indies, and hopefully there are lots more to come.
"If the CPL helps first-class cricket to become stronger in the West Indies, that is only going to benefit us all. It's made a difference already; it has helped keep players in the game, and attracted younger ones that might have done other sports instead."