Coach: Robin Singh
Last year’s winners host a star studded line up full of power hitting batsmen. If the likes of Dwayne Smith and Kieran Pollard can find top form, they should be able to post formidable scores against any bowling attack.
They also have West Indian captain Jason Holder and last year’s leading wicket taker, Ravi Rampaul, spearheading their bowling attack. All in all this is one of the most balanced squad’s in the competition and also boasts a ton of attractive options for your fantasy team. One would expect them to take their defence of the title right to the wire.
Another of the West Indian contingent to feature in that successful Mumbai Indians side, Pollard is one of the biggest hitters in World Cricket. He finished second to Gayle in the six hitters chart during the IPL, and will be looking to go one better this time around.
It will be interesting to see whether Pollard is used more as a bowler during the CPL, after an IPL where he played almost exclusively as a batsman.
Strike Rate: 139.86
Malik, like so many of the top batsmen in this season’s CPL, appears to be coming into top form at just the right time. Just a few weeks ago, he hammered 112 from just 76 balls on his return to the Pakistani national side.
He also has fond memories of the Caribbean after averaging over 50 in last season’s tournament,and hitting four half centuries. He’ll be expected to provide plenty of runs for the Tridents this season.
Runs: 406 (27 x 4/ 15 x 6)
Strike Rate: 129.71
Holder was recently appointed captain of the West Indian test side, and acquitted himself well throughout. He brings a legitimate duel threat to the side, capable of winning games as both a batsman and a bowler.
His performances in last year’s CPL were steady if unspectacular, as he averaged in the twenties with both bat and ball. However, he has improved a great deal as a cricketer in the last twelve months and could be the star of the show this time around.
Runs: 108 (8 x 4/7 x 6)
Strike Rate: 166.6
Econ Rate: 6.08
Hope is one of a huge crop of talented West Indian cricketers coming through the ranks and recently broke into the test side for the games against England and Australia. Still just 21 years of age, he hasn’t played a lot of top level T20 cricket so he remains something of an unknown heading into the competition.
However, his first class form suggests he could be poised to have a big competition with the bat. Hope has scored two centuries and three half centuries – including a best of 211*- in his 12 innings for Barbados in 2015.
Did not play
Last Season: Winners