The 2014 Caribbean Premier League Champions had a poor run last year. They finished at the bottom of the table in the 6th edition of the tournament. The side lost Kieron Pollard to Trinbago Knight Riders and Nicholas Pooran to Guyana Amazon Warriors. But they won’t be worried much as they have retained national captain Jason Holder and polished up their hard-hitting pack with the inclusion of Alex Hales and Asif Ali.
The Tridents have also roped in Nepalese spinner Sandeep Lamichhane. The tweaker has represented the Delhi Daredevils and Capitals in the Indian Premier League. He could be utilized as a front-line spinner as he would be getting a fair amount of purchase from the pitch. With Imad Wasim in the squad, the side will have multiple options to pick from.
Players to watch out for
Shai Hope: The 25-year-old is the backbone of the Tridents batting line-up. He is consistent, has a wide array of shots and can switch his game according to the required situation. The onus will be on him to manage the workload of the middle-order and come up with a rich string of scores.
Wahab Riaz: He has got the fire in his belly and bowls his heart out. The veteran Pakistan pacer is renown for his raw pace. He bagged nine wickets last season and will look to do better this time around. He was last seen in action at the GLT20 in Canada.
History in the CPL
Among the current crop of players, Jason Holder is the most experienced batter with 42 matches and 473 runs, the next best being Jonathan Carter with 402 runs from 24 games. In the bowling front, Holder again leads with 25 wickets. The side finished third in the inaugural season and lifted the trophy in the following edition.
They came close to winning it for the second time in a row in 2015 but Trinidad & Tobago clinched a 20-run win, splashing water to their dream. Since then, the Tridents finished at 5th place in two consecutive seasons and were seen languishing at the bottom last year.
Barbados Tridents Squad: Alex Hales, Jason Holder, Asif Ali, Wahab Riaz, Sandeep Lamichhane, Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Imad Wasim, Jonathan Carter, Chemar K Holder, Leniko Boucher, Roshon Primus, Raymon Reifer, Justin Greaves, Joshua Bishop, Hayden Walsh.
Predicted XI: Alex Hales, Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, Asif Ali, Jason Holder, Imad Wasim, Leniko Boucher, Wahab Riaz, Chemar Holder, Sandeep Lamichhane, Raymond Reifer
Kennington Oval is home to the Tridents. It offers a belter of a pitch on most given days. Hence, batsmen are likely to have run-feasts. The average score batting first in a T20 match at this ground is 150, whereas the numbers go down to 133 when batting second. With ample spinning options, the hosts are likely to thrive in home conditions.
According to the Punters, the Barbados Tridents are the third favorites to lift the trophy this season. They are stacked at 5.00. They need to break the jinx and rise up against the odds to make a mark in the coming season.
Alex Hales can provide a quick-fire start to your side and therefore he should be a part of your team. Jason Holder is someone who has been there and done that on numerous occasions. Holder can chip in with the 30s and 40s and also get you wickets, so it’s a no-brainer to pick him in your team too.