Holder ready for CPL challenge
Thu, 19th, Jul 2018
Captain Jason Holder says there is a quiet confidence in the Barbados Tridents ranks that they can challenge strongly for this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League title and make a huge impact in the upcoming campaign.
The high-energy tournament runs from August 8 to September 16, and will see Tridents, the 2014 champions, coming up against reigning kings Trinbago Knight Riders, Jamaica Tallawahs, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St Lucia Stars and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
“Obviously Barbados Tridents have not won the title since 2014 so the entire team is focussed on changing that statistic in the upcoming campaign,” Holder said.
“We have assembled a great side with accomplished match-winners, so it’s only a matter now of making sure we gel and pull together the necessary elements to ensure we are successful.
“We are getting really excited about the upcoming CPL season. I have been spending a lot of time chatting with Robin Singh about how we take the team forward. We are very pleased to have such an exciting mix of international stars and Barbadian talent. We can’t wait to get started.”
He continued: “Last year, we did not make the playoffs which was disappointing, but we have put that behind us and recognise that we need to work even harder this time around, play strong cricket, and try to tick all the process boxes necessary if we are to come out on top.
“There is no doubt in my mind this side has what it takes to go deep into this tournament.”
This year, Tridents will play the bulk of their matches at home, with five exciting fixtures carded for historic Kensington Oval.”
Tridents welcome Chris Gayle and the Patriots for the opening home match on Saturday, August 25 before taking on Dwayne Bravo and TKR the following day.
Tridents then clash with Tallawahs (August 29), Amazon Warriors (August 31) and Stars (September 2), all fixtures Holder believes will be key.
“Tridents have five matches at home this year and that provides us with the ideal opportunity not only to put our skills on display in front of our home crowd but to end the preliminary round on a high note,” Holder explained.
“With us spending most of our time on the road early in the competition we understand how important these home matches will be at the back end, and we are urging fans to get out early and buy their tickets.
“None of the games will be easy ones as all the teams in this year’s Hero CPL are pretty evenly matched, but we believe with a full house at Kensington Oval throwing their support behind us, we can come up trumps and make everyone proud.”
Of greater significance, Holder believes, will be the support of the Barbadian public which he described as the Tridents’ 12thman, and crucial to the team’s success.
“Barbados Tridents have always benefitted from strong, wholehearted support from the Barbadian public and we expect this to continue,” Holder stressed.
“The Bajan public are very knowledgeable about their cricket, have very high expectations and we are cognisant of the fact they expect us to deliver.
“However, in many ways, they act as our 12thman. So instead of feeling any undue pressure to perform, they actually provide motivation for the team.
“There’s nothing better than looking up into the stands at Kensington Oval and seeing fans urging you on and waving their flags, it gives the side a real boost especially in tough situations.”
Tickets are already on sale online at www.cplt20.com.