The Barbados Tridents will go into the 2016 Hero Caribbean Premier League eager to repeat their triumph of 2014.
They start their home campaign against the strong Jamaica Tallawahs on July 11. The local franchise will be in action in day and night games up to July 17 and head coach Robin Singh said his charges were ready and excited about the imminent tournament.
“We are hugely excited about the forthcoming CPL and the squad have stepped up their preparations for what we know is going to be a competitive team.
“The CPL is all about momentum, about building on each game and when it comes to your home leg of matches, you have to be clinical and make home advantage count. The Kensington Oval is a terrific stadium and the atmosphere that a full house generates can be really intimidating for opposition teams,” Singh said.
The Trinidad and Tobago-born former India international added: “There’s something special about Barbados. The people are passionate, knowledgeable and incredibly loyal and we’re going to work as hard as we can to give them a team that they can be proud of. We are counting on a big home support to drive us forward this year and I know how excited each of the players are to represent the Tridents.”
Tridents captain Kieron Pollard noted: “The reception we receive yearly, drives our team. In this, Barbados’ 50th year of independence, we are using this moment to drive us and bring more joy to our fans.”
Box office for tickets opened today at the CPL office at Kensington Oval and can also be obtained online at www.cplt20.com.
Barbados Tridents Squad: Kieron Pollard, AB de Villiers, Shoaib Malik, Nicholas Pooran, Ravi Rampaul, David Wiese, Robin Peterson, Raymon Reifer, Ashley Nurse, Wayne Parnell, Akeal Hosein, Imran Khan, Kyle Hope, Navin Stewart, Kyle Corbin, Steven Taylor, Shemar Springer
Barbados Tridents home fixtures (all times local): July 11 – Jamaica Tallawahs (8 p.m.), July 13 – St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots (8 p.m.), July 16 – Trinbago Knight Riders (12 Midday), July 17 – St. Lucia Zouks (7 p.m.).