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Nine Trinis to feature in CPL final
T&T Red Steel is back home but Trini interest in the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 remains keen, as nine players from the country will be present at the final at Warner Park, St Kitts, today. Trinidadians Keiron Pollard leading the Barbados Tridents will oppose Denesh Ramdin leading the Guyana Amazon Warriors in front of a packed house, to see who comes away as kings of T20 cricket in the region.
Barbados Tridents include Ravi Rampaul, Rayad Emrit, William Perkins and Akeal Hosein, while Ramdin will have with him Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine and Navin Stewart. Pollard said: “The Warriors played very well last night, but I am not worried. We will do our preparation and get ourselves ready for playing them, but we are going to concentrate on our strengths rather than worry too much about theirs. “They beat us at home a few weeks ago, so we know we will have to bring our A-Game on Saturday (today) to win. They do have dangerous bowlers in the form of Narine and (Krishmar) Santokie, however, when the bad ball comes, we will look to capitalise on it and it should be an exciting match.”
Ramdin said, “After last night’s game, the players who did not get a chance to bat yesterday will be working hard in the nets today (yesterday) so we are all fully prepared for tomorrow’s (today) final. Santokie and Narine have been bowling well so we will also be looking for them to carry their good form into tomorrow’s (today) match.” Barbados Tridents coach Robin Singh said, “Preparations have been good this week and we have welcomed the break after playing so many games in quick succession at the end of the group stages. We have some players who have done really well throughout the tournament such as Jason Holder and Kieron Pollard, but we will be looking to prepare all of our players to be their best in the final.”
On being asked how they will try to do things differently from last year’s final, where they lost in the last over, Guyana Amazon Warriors coach, Roger Harper said, “This time around we will be looking to produce our best cricket when it counts. We will not necessarily be looking to do anything different to what we have done previously in the tournament, but we will think about the Barbados Tridents today (yesterday) and fine tune our plans so we are ready for tomorrow (today).”
A number of T&T fans are here in St Kitts and will make an appearance at the ground today, with the majority of them supporting the Guyana Amazon Warriors. Action begins at 4 pm and in an Island with a population of around 50,000—nothing much other than cricket will be the attraction.
TEAM: Barbados Tridents: Keiron Pollard (capt), Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul, Ashley Nurse, Jeevan Mendis, Kyle Mayers, Shoaib Malik, Jason Holder, Jonahan Carter, Neil McKenzie, Shane Dowrich, Raymon Reifer and Kirk Edwards.
Guyana Amazon Warriors: Denesh Ramdin (capt), Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Ronsford Beaton, Steven Jacobs, Jimmy Neesham, Lendl Simmons, Krishmar Santokie, Navin Stewart, Chris Barnwell, Robin Bacchus, Rayon Griffith, Martin Guptill and Leon Johnson