The Barbados Pride will be going after their eighth limited overs title when the NAGICO Super50 bowls off today.
And while the team’s head coach Henderson Springer has acknowledged it won’t be an easy task, he still believes the side has the ability to repeat as champions.
In an interview one day before they start their title defense against the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) at the National Cricket Centre in Trinidad, Springer admitted the pressure of being the defending champions as well as the loss of a number of key players to West Indies duty would make the season all the more challenging.
“As the champions it obviously puts you under a bit of pressure, along with the fact that we have a number of senior players away on international duty.
“But we can use that as a positive thing. I think it gives the opportunity for the youngsters who haven’t played One-Day cricket for Barbados to actually come in and make a name for themselves,” Springer pointed out.
“Of course when you lose dynamic guys like Dwayne Smith, Carlos Brathwaite and Jason Holder you will miss them, but it gives some of those guys who sat on the sidelines last year an opportunity to go out there and make an impact.”
However, despite having won seven limited over titles, Springer admitted that over the course of the years Barbados had not performed as well as they should have in the shorter form of the game.
He did give his assurance though, that the newly rebranded franchise had shown signs of improvement and were eagerly looking forward to implementing them on the field of play.
“Over the years we have not done as well in One-Day cricket as we have in the regional Four-Day competition and there is obviously a reason for that,” the head coach noted.
“Sometimes there is a lack of awareness and sometimes we lose wickets at the wrong time. But I think that we are slowly trying to work our way to the top of that particular concern,” he added.