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CPL 2019: St Lucia Zouks – Preview, Key Players, Squads, Predicted XI, Pitch Condition, Betting Odds, Fantasy Tips

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The termination of the St. Lucia Stars made way for the Zouks. A famous form of music, Zouk sounds like the perfect name for the latest outfit. The St. Lucia based side will miss the services of David Warner, Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons but the availability of Thisara Perera will inject fresh lease of life. Andre Fletcher, Niroshan Dickwella, John Cambell and Cameron Delport are likely to be the top-four. Delport though, will be available for only the first couple of games. They have an interesting pick in Nitish Kumar, who is no less than a star in the Canada national cricket team.  

Kumar is the second youngest cricketer to play an ODI, at 15 years and 273 days. The inclusion of Fawad Ahmed can be termed as a master-stroke. He has picked wickets for fun and will look to repeat similar performance. In Lasith Malinga, the Zouks have an experienced campaigner. 

Players to watch out for

Fawad Ahmed: Trinbago’s loss seems like St Lucia’s gain. In the company of Rahkeem Cornwall, Fawad Ahmed will look to get the opposition batters in a shackle. Ahmed is the highest wicket-taker from last season and he can spit venom on wickets that might turn square. 

Darren Sammy: One may call him a bits and pieces cricketer but Darren Sammy is the man with a midas touch. He can plot the downfall of the opposition and the big blows can help tilt momentum towards the fag end of games. He has been a workhorse for many years and this might well be an ideal swansong for the two-time World T20I winning skipper.

History in the CPL

St. Lucia had named their side Zouks during the inaugural edition of the tournament. But their plans got derailed in the years to follow. They finished at the bottom in the first season and managed to get one place higher the following year. The side failed to do any better in 2015 but 2016 saw them finish third in the points table. Even with the likes of Hashim Amla and Dwayne Bravo in the squad, the outfit managed to grab just one point in 2017 while they ended up at the 5th spot out of six teams the last season. 

Pitch Condition

The Darren Sammy Stadium in St. Lucia favors the hard-hitters and just like the typical wickets in the Carribean island, the one we are talking about pretty much follows the suit. The hosts will look to dominate at home as they have quality spinners in the side. 

Squad

Lasith Malinga, Fawad Ahmed, Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera, Andre Fletcher, Kesrick Williams, John Campbell, Niroshan Dickwella, Obed McCoy, Rahkeem Cornwall, Roland Cato, Jeavor Royal, Andre McCarthy, Beuran Hendricks, Christopher Barnwell, Keddy Lesporis, Nitish Kumar

Predicted XI

Andre Fletcher, Niroshan Dickwella, John Campbell, Cameron Delport, Andre McCarthy, Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera, Rahkeem Cornwall, Christopher Barnwell, Kesrick Williams, Lasith Malinga

Betting Odds

The Zouks are the least favorites to lift the cup this season. The numbers are stacked against them and so are the odds- 7.00. The blue and yellow outfit will have to punch above their weight to make an impression. 

Fantasy Tips

Lasith Malinga is an ideal pick for your fantasy team. He is one of the most successful pacers in this format and can win you crucial points. Niroshan Dickwella’s unorthodox hits have been entertaining and he can be a consistent performer for your side. 

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