CPL 2016: Trinbago Knight Riders face the Barbados Tridents
Friday’s fixture in the 2016 Caribbean Premier League sees the reigning champions Trinbago Knight Riders take on the 2014 winners, the Barbados Tridents. The Knight Riders lost their opening fixture and their Chief Mentor, Jacques Kallis expressed their disappointment at losing their first home match of the season but feels they learnt valuable lessons about how to cope with the conditions in Port of Spain going forward.
“We were very disappointed, we have a proud record at home and probably felt we had a half decent total on the board and didn’t bowl as well as we would have liked, but having said that we weren’t fair off, there are just little things that we need to improve on,” Kallis said. “We have learnt a lot about conditions throughout and realised it is going to be team that handle dew best in these conditions that come out on top.”
The opposition captain will be Kieron Pollard who spoke of how he was looking forward to playing in front of a big Friday night crowd. While he may be the leader of the Tridents, Pollard is a local boy who will know the conditions well.
“Every time you step into the Queens Park Oval for Twenty20 cricket you get a big crowd. The people of Trinidad, they are passionate about T20 cricket and about cricket in general. With the Knight Riders being the defending champions they will come out and support them. But let’s not forget, I am home as well...”