From Cricbuzz Interview-Dwayne Bravo believes his Trinbago Knight Riders have a good chance of winning the Hero Caribbean Premier League T20 when this year’s tournament gets underway next week.
The Trinidad franchise won the CPL in 2015, although then they were known as Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel before new co-owner Shah Rukh Khan took charge and renamed them.
Bravo as captain, New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and South Africa’s Hashim Amla as overseas players and a host of West Indian talent including Sunil Narine and Denesh Ramdin, TKR look well-placed to make a strong bid for the title. An extra incentive is that this year’s final will be played in Trinidad at the new Brian Lara Academy. “This year it’s one of our better balanced teams,” Bravo tells Cricbuzz.
“We have very good spinners, a very good quick in Ronsford Beaton, good all-rounders and strong batting, with the likes of Amla and McCullum, Colin Munro. So we have a good team but the CPL is a tournament where all the six teams are very good. It’s not a one-sided tournament but I always fancy our chances.”
“I embrace the workload because I enjoy putting myself in positions where I have to win the game for my team with the bat or with the ball. Being a captain, you also put yourselves in those moments where it’s crunch time. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn’t work for you. I enjoy those challenges.”
“It’s good to see that everyone is available for selection and be able to represent the region one more time,” he says following conciliation talks. “Hopefully, this time around, things really work out. It’s about time people put aside their egos, understand cricket is the most important thing and give the fans what they want.”