Trinbago Knight Riders have their sights set on creating history this week when they start the brand new series of the Caribbean Premier League.
The Knight Riders – who offered the defence of their crown that is T20 from St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, live on Sky Sports – are bidding to secure a unparalleled hat-trick of titles.
But there are five additional curricular teams out grab the championship within the six weeks and to prevent them. Herewe take at look at the challengers…
Year: Sixth
The only real way is up after winning only two of the fittings, for your Tridents, who finished bottom of the desk in 2018.
On paper, they need to do better – the team contains West Indies skipper Jason Holder, together with flexible wicketkeeper-batsman Shai Hope and Raymon Reifer.
England batsman Alex Hales must include some volatile power at the top of the order, while the contingent contains Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and Pakistan paceman Wahab Riaz.
Year: Runners-up
After finishing second twice in the previous 3 years, Nonetheless looking for their first title, the Warriors will seem to Shimron Hetmyer to direct their challenge.
Even the West Indies left-hander was the tournament’s last year, hitting runs at an average of exactly 40, and he will be joined by Nicolas Pooran.
Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan lines up for Guyana, along with seasoned compatriot Shoaib Malik.
Last year: Fourth
Chris Gayle was one of the factors supporting the two title victories of Jamaica – therefore they’ll hope the great entertainer of all cricket could propel a return to glory.
With the line-up also adding a second veteran in Andre Russell and fascinating youthful West Indies bowler Oshane Thomas – who took 18 wickets last season – there should be no shortage of entertainment.
New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips, who scored more runs than any Tallawahs batsman at 2018, returns alongside Afghanistan left-arm spinner Zahir Khan along with fellow Kiwi George Worker.
Last year: Fifth
The Zouks, that competed in the tournament before 2017, are back as the result of also the owners of their replacement company, the American Stars along with a falling-out involving the group organisers.
Neither of those St Lucia teams has won their hopes of mounting a challenge that this time will be pinned on the island participant, all-rounder Darren Sammy and the contest.
The Zouks comprise West Indies’ John Campbell along with the Rahkeem Cornwall that is somewhat eye-catching, whereas Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera features along with New Zealand’s Colin de Grandhomme.
Year: Third
Regardless of the departure of Gayle, the Patriots have yet another titan of T20 cricket stepping up to take on the captaincy at Carlos Brathwaite, who placed in some memorable performances at the 50-over World Cup this summer.
Fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, who picked up 11 wickets in a year’s championship, will target to be sending several batsmen in their way with a military salute.
South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen yields to get a second season along with the batting line-up also needs to be strengthened by the addition of Sussex batsman Laurie Evans.
Year: Winners
Dwayne Bravo leads the champions – that seem just like the team to beat – using a line-up that contains his brother Kieron and Darren Pollard, that averaged 47 for the Stars last year.
New Zealand opener Colin Munro gathered runs in a year’s championship – 567 – than anyone else also, the Knight Riders have hailed in Lendl Simmons as his substitute, even though he misses the first 3 matches as a result of international obligations.
On top of that, Kiwi all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, the Muhammad Hasnain along with Sri Lanka spinner Seekkuge Prasanna of Pakistan will be be turning out to the holders in some phase of the tournament – .
View the Caribbean Premier League live on Sky Sports, starting with Trinbago vs St Kitts from 11.30pm on Wednesday on Sky Sports Mix (station 121).

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