Our team profile series continues with last year’s fourth places side, the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel. Dwayne Bravo has seen a number of changes to his side as they look to improve on last year’s performance
Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel
Coach: Simon Helmot
The Red Steel were knocked out in the first elimination match last year by a stunning knock from Andre Russell, and they’ll be determined to go further in this season’s competition. In Jaques Kallis and Johan Botha they’ve added a pair of experienced South African internationals to go along with the Bravo brothers and a strong West Indian contingent.
However, they also suffered some key losses in the draft, with Ross Taylor and Shannon Gabriel now lining out for the St.Lucia Zouks and talented wicket-keeper batsman Nicholas Poorans joining St Kitts. Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal will be asked to replace Poorans behind the wickets.
Described by his coach as the “spiritual leader” of the Red Steel Bravo is one of the most talented cricketers to come out of the West Indies over the last decade. He was the leading wicket taker in this year’s IPL, so he comes into the tournament in great form.
His performances in last season’s CPL weren’t as good as he would have hoped for, however. He took just nine wickets at an average of 33.95. His batting fared better, averaging 29.5 runs per innings.
Runs: 118 (10 x 4/ 5 x 6)
Strike Rate: 128.26
Econ Rate: 8.85
Despite being well into his thirties Badree has emerged as one of the premier international T20 bowlers in the world, playing a huge role in the West Indies victory in the World t20 back in 2012. These performances led to him reach the top of the bowling world rankings for over a year.
He was one of the standout bowlers in last years CPL, taking 11 wickets at an average of 13.64 and conceding runs at a rate of just 4.4 per over. A shoulder surgery has meant he hasn’t played much cricket since then, so his health will be something to monitor in the first few matches.
Econ Rate: 4.4
Kallis may be one of the competition’s elder statesmen, but the South African remains one of the toughest batsmen to dismiss in World Cricket. While his reputation with the timber is unmatched, he often looks a reluctant bowler so it will be interesting to see how many overs he contributes during the competition.
He comes into the competition in somewhat mixed form, with his performances at the last Big Bash in Australia very much feast or famine. Kallis hit three half centuries in eight innings during that tournament, but failed to get to double figures in any of the other five innings. He’ll hope to be more consistent during the CPL campaign.
Did not play
As a true legend of the game Kallis will get all of the attention, but the other South African, Johan Botha, should have plenty of impact on his team over the next month or so. He has represented South Africa over 100 times in limited overs cricket, and he can offer value with bat, ball and in the field.
Botha doesn’t excel in any one area of the game and isn’t necessarily a match winner like the names above him. But at the right price he could be a valuable addition to your line ups.
Did not play
Last Season: 4th