St Lucia Stars will no longer be allowed to participate in the forthcoming season of the Caribbean Premier League after the organizers axed the franchise from the competition.
CPL Limited has terminated the agreement with Royal Sports Club, LLC, the entity based in St Lucia.
"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 CPL authorities stated in a press release.
The details regarding the process of bidding for the new entity will be revealed soon with the seventh edition of the tournament scheduled to commence on September 4.
The team was formerly known as St Lucia Zouks and has been a constant feature across the six CPL seasons.
St Lucia Stars have never been able to win the CPL title while their best finish has been third on the points table in 2016.
They have been captained by two-time World T20-winning skipper Darren Sammy and have boasted a star-studded roster in the past including Kieron Pollard, David Warner, Niroshan Dickwella and Mitchell McClenaghan.
The Stars failed to qualify for the playoffs the preceding season, ending one spot above last-placed Barbados Tridents.
This year, St Lucia had acquired the services of Lasith Malinga and Fawad Alam as part of their overseas signings for CPL 2019.