Trinidad and Tobago Red Force (Not T&T Red Steels of the CPL rooster) is one of the foreign team that has the most fan following in India among the other overseas team in the Champions League T20. Unfortunately, for this edition, the Trinidadians won’t be a part of the extravaganza. Instead the West Indian Cricket Board (WICB) has decided to send the winners of Caribbean Premier League to the megaT20 event.
The finals of the 2014 CPL took place at St. Kitts and Nevis and had two Trinidadians leading the teams. Big Hitting Kieron Pollard’s Barbados Tridents took on Denesh Ramdin’s Guyana Amazon Warriors for the trophy and most importantly for the one remaining spot in CLT20 that begins on September 13.
It was a rain-disrupted finals as Barbados got the better of Guyana by 8 runs in Duckworth-Lewis method courtesy some vital knocks from Dwayne Smith and Shoaib Malik which was complemented by some splendid bowling performances from Jason Holder and Kyle Mayers. With that victory Barbados qualified for the Champions League T20 and will represent West Indies.
With Barbados being the last team to qualify, the CLT20 rooster looks complete. The Caribbean champions are clubbed in Group B along with Indian Premier League (India) runners up Kings XI Punjab, Big Bash League (Australia) runners up Hobart Hurricanes, Ram Slam T20 (South Africa) runners up Cape Cobras and a qualifying team. The 2014 edition of the CLT20 will begin on September 17 (Qualifiers begin on September 13) and will be played in four venues across India (Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mohali and Raipur).
Now with Tridents booked a place in the CLT20, they have players who are eligible to play for two clubs. Skipper Pollard who is also a part of IPL side Mumbai Indians will have a tough time in choosing the team to play in the CLT20 and the same goes with opener Dwayne Smith who can also represent Chennai Super Kings in the tournament. The availability of these two players hold key for Tridents’ progress in the tournament.