The Trident’s Marquee Signings
Sat, 7th, Jul 2018
The Barbados Tridents have added some major overseas talent to feature alongside their local core in this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League. The three big signings are New Zealand stroke-maker Martin Guptill, South Africa’s Mr. Consistent Hashim Amla and Bangladeshi ace, Shakib Al Hasan.
Martin Guptill will be one of the main weapons for the Barbados Tridents in the tournament. Hailing from New Zealand, the right handed opening batsman is world renowned for his explosive stroke play at the top of the innings, taking the attack to the opening bowlers. Guptill has previously featured in the CPL as the captain of the Guyana Amazon Warriors and has for many seasons been the anchor of their batting lineup. His best season in the CPL came in 2014 where he amassed a blistering 354 runs at an average of 51.1. The Trident’s faithful will be hoping he can replicate this form in the 2018 edition as one of the mainstays in the batting lineup.
For many years Hashim Amla has been touted as one of the most technically proficient and consistent batsmen in world cricket. He has had an outstanding Test and ODI career and with the growth of T20 cricket, he has transferred his successes to this format, becoming one of the most consistent performers at the top of the innings. Amla has featured in one previous season of the CPL where he was instrumental in the Trinbago Knight Rider’s journey to the semi-finals in 2016, where they were defeated by the eventual champions, the Jamaica Tallawahs. Amla amassed 410 runs with an impressive strike rate of 126.5 at the top of the innings. The Barbados Tridents will be reliant on Amla’s experience and skills to bring them to the promised land this year.
Shakib al Hasan
After two long years, Shakib Al Hasan is back with the Barbados Tridents. Shakib has been one of the most consistent performers in the CPL over the years with both the bat and the ball for both the Tridents and the Jamaica Tallawahs. He is currently rated by the ICC as the third best all-rounder in the world in the T20 format. This rating is backed up by his consistent match winning performances for the Bangladesh national team. The Bangladeshi star has seen the highlight of his CPL career come back in 2013 for the Barbados Tridents where he bamboozled the then Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel snatching his best 6/6 at Kensington Oval.
With Guptil explosiveness, Amla’s stroke-play and Shakib’s all-round ability, these three will certainly be ones to watch for the Tridents in this year’s tournament.