WITH CHAMPIONSHIP CORE INTACT PLUS THE ADDITION OF RASHID KHAN, TRIDENTS GET SET TO DEFEND CPL TITLE
Tue, 11th, Aug 2020
CPL 2020 is just around the corner and the defending champions, Barbados Tridents, are aiming to become the first team in CPL history to win back-to-back titles. Last season, the Tridents beat the previously undefeated Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final to cause a huge upset and lift the CPL trophy for the second time in their history. This season they have brought back much of the core of that title-winning side.
The Tridents will be once again led by Jason Holder, who enjoyed a fine season picking up lots of wickets in the Power Play for Barbados. Returning alongside the skipper from last year’s squad will be the likes of Shai Hope, Jonathan Carter, Raymon Reifer, Hayden Walsh Jr., Ashley Nurse, Johnson Charles and Justin Greaves.
The team had also initially signed back Englishmen Alex Hales and Harry Gurney to return for a second consecutive season, but the two players had to pull out prior to the tournament. They had even signed Australian batsman Marcus Stoinis, but he too has had to withdraw ahead of the tournament.
Despite that setback the Tridents arguably bagged the biggest name of the off-season when they signed one of the top performers in T20 in Rashid Khan. With Khan and Walsh in their side the Tridents look to have the best spin attack among all teams in this year’s tournament.
Rashid already has picked up 296 wickets in his T20 career in no time and will be playing his second CPL. In the 2017 season with the Guyana Warriors he picked up 14 wickets in just 12 games and has the distinction of picking up the first ever hat-trick of the CPL.
For Walsh, the 2019 edition was his breakout tournament as he picked up 22 wickets to finish as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker and a huge part of their run to the title.
Besides the two leggies, the team also signed Kiwi spinner Mitchell Santner and have Nurse giving them two off-spinners including a left-arm option to give some great variety to their spin attack.
The pace department is likely to be handled by captain Holder and left-armer Reifer. With 14 wickets last season he was the team’s 2nd-best bowler and had a huge game in the final picking up 3 crucial wickets to wreck Guyana’s chase. The all-rounder is also a destructive lower-order batsman capable of some big hitting.
Hope is likely to open the batting this season with Charles. Hope only managed 3 games last season due to injury and will be looking to contribute in a big way this time. Charles will look to continue the good form he showed last season where he was the team’s leading run-scorer managing 400+ runs.
Corey Anderson and Shayan Jahangir are the other foreigners signed by the Tridents while they have also signed youngster Nyeem Young from the Emerging Player Pool; Young was one of the bright sparks of the West Indies Under-19 side at this year’s World Cup.
Shamarh Brooks has also been picked up by the champs to bolster their batting. The stylish right-hander is coming off a successful Test tour of England where he scored important runs.
Here is the final Barbados Tridents squad for CPL 2020:
Jason Holder (C), Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Jonathan Carter, Corey Anderson, Rashid Khan, Mitchell Santner, Ashley Nurse, Nyeem Young, Raymon Reifer, Hayden Walsh Jr., Kyle Mayers, Joshua Bishop, Justin Greaves, Keon Harding, Shayan Jahangir
The Tridents begin their campaign on August 18 against the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots.