The Barbados Tridents arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport this afternoon from the Champions League Twenty20 competition in India with their heads held high.
Coach of the Tridents, Desmond Haynes, said he thought the team represented the CPL (Caribbean Premier League) well at that level and that the Barbados Tridents should feel very proud of themselves.
“I think that the guys have done Barbados proud. I think Barbados Tridents should be very proud of the way we represent CPL. I think we had some very close games and I think it’s just a matter of believing in ourselves,” he said.
The experienced coach noted that judging from the level of cricket he had seen played the Tridents were just as good as any of the teams in the competition.
The CPL champions managed to scrape a win in their fourth and final match when they defeated Northern Knights under the Duckworth Lewis system by six wickets.
Haynes had high praise for Jonathan Carter who scored a brilliant 111 off 68 balls against Cape Cobras and Raymond Reifer who also played well.
The West Indies great said: “Jonathan we all know what he can do, there is no question about it. Jonathan has lots of ability but what I find with him over the years is that Jonathan used to let all other things apart from the cricket interfere with his game. But from the time we landed in India the guy had a purpose; he looked as though he wanted to be there and I am very happy he got a hundred. If you look at T20 hundreds there are not many people who got T20 hundreds and I am hoping now that he would get the golden bat and hopefully get a contract which would change his life.
“A lot of people underestimate Raymond Reifer’s ability to play the sport. He carries a very good attitude towards the game and he wants to do well.”
Carter told Barbados TODAY he was very happy to play in India again seeing that he had scored a hundred there previously.
“I went out there and enjoyed myself and backed myself and I was full of confidence and just played my natural game.”
The talented left-hander said if any contract opportunities materialized to play cricket overseas it would be good for his career but his main objective at the moment was to play for West Indies.
“I love playing cricket so obviously if any contract comes around I would speak to my agents about it. But my goal is to play for West Indies and I am working towards that. The next step for me now is the West Indies A team tour to Sir Lanka.”
He also added that he was very happy about retaining his contract with the Barbados Cricket Association.
“It is always a pleasure to play for my country and at the end of the day it feels good to be retained for Barbados and as I said my objective is to play for West Indies and the only way to do that is to play for Barbados,” Carter noted.
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