Trinbago Knight Riders, led by West indies limited overs skipper Kieron pollard, have been the most successful side in the Caribbean Premier League so far. The Trinidad-based side has won three titles and have been the only team to have qualified for the play-offs every single time. Having finished 3rd in the 2019 season, the Knight Riders will look to build on their legacy and maintain the consistency they are known for. They will be opening their account as they take on 2019 runner-ups Guyana Amazon Warriors in the inaugural game of the season.
Trinbago Knight Riders have always had the privilege of having some of the most high-profile domestic names in their side and the story is no different this time around. Having retained as many as 11 players, TKR signed Kiwi wicket-keeper Tim Seifert, Australian leggie Fawad Ahmed and West Indies U-19 pacer jayden Seales. Sikandar Raza, Pravin Tambe and A Phillip have been drafted in. Trinbago Knight Riders are the only side who have no issues of players missing out due to external factors.
Retained: Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro (Overseas), Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Khary Pierre, Amir Jangoo, Tion Webster, Akeal Hosein, M Ali Khan (ICC Americas pick)
Signed: Fawad Ahmed (Overseas), Tim Seifert (Overseas), Jayden Seales.
Drafted: Sikandar Raza (Overseas), Pravin Tambe (Overseas), Anderson Phillip
Strength and Weakness:
Trinbago Knight Riders are a batting powerhouse, no denying on that. Simmons, Narine and Munro make a terrific top order, probably one of the best in the tournament. Simmons was the second highest run-getter last season, having scored 430 runs at an average of 39.09 with a strike rate of 150.35. Munro did reasonably well despite playing a bit out of his regular position. Narine, as evident from IPL and BBL, can be a game-changer at the top.
The New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Tim Seifert is a crucial addition considering the fact that he can be used as a floater in the batting order. The middle order holds a formidable look, comprising of Tim Seifert, Kieron Pollard, Sikandar Raza and Dwayne Bravo. With skipper Pollard, Raza and Bravo coming in as finishers, you could not have asked for a more experienced lower middle order. Quite easily one of the most formidable batting units this season. Moreover, the fact that the top 7 can provide more than 10 overs of bowling every game shows the terrific depth in the squad.
Spin department lies in safe hands too, with Narine leading the attack. Khary Pierre, Fawad Ahmed and Pravin Tambe are the other spinners in the squad, with Sikandar Raza being the batting all-rounder who bowls spin. The versatility in the spin department with two off-spinners in Narine and Raza, two left-arm orthodox spinners in Pierre and Hosein and two wrist spinners in Fawad and Tambe.
The pace department, however, lacks experience and might be the area other teams will look to target against TKR. Jayden Seales is just coming off the U-19 World Cup, M Ali Khan does not have much experience at the highest level and so does Anderson Phillip. Death bowling can be handled by Dwayne Bravo, but he has not been at his best in the past couple of years too.
Probable First Choice XI
Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Tim Siefert, Kieron Pollard, Sikandar Raza, Dwayne Bravo, Khary Pierre, Fawad Ahmed, Jayden Seales, M Ali Khan
With one of the strongest squads in the tournament, anything less than play-offs will be an under-achievement. The Knight Riders will definitely be eyeing the cup, and rightly so. Overall, a top 4 finish is almost guaranteed and a title win is very likely.