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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, February 7, 2015
KINGSTON---Barbados Tridents have retained
the bulk of the team which lifted last year s title
while St Lucia Zouks have strengthened their
squad significantly, following Thursday s draft
for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League sea-
The Bridgetown-based franchise, which had
already retained captain Kieron Pollard, Pakistani
Shoaib Malik, Dwayne Smith and Ravi Rampaul,
snapped up West Indies one-day captain Jason
Holder, along with Rayad Emrit, Jonathan Carter
and Sri Lankan Dilshan Munaweera.
"We got what we wanted," Pollard said after-
"We retained the core of our team and tried to
go for a different direction, looking for more hungry
players, and we did exactly what we wanted to do.
We knew we wanted Jason Holder on the fifth pick
and we got him."
Tridents beat Guyana Amazon Warriors in a rain-
hit final at Warner Park in St Kitts last August to
lift the 2014 title. The victory qualified them for
last September's Champions Twenty20 in India
where they failed to make it out of the preliminary
Zouks, meanwhile, who have struggled for the
last two seasons, pulled off a coup by picking up
New Zealander stroke-maker Ross Taylor and world-
rated Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.
Taylor, an aggressive right-hander, had previously
turned out for T&T Red Steel while Shakib wore
Tridents colours in the inaugural season.
The duo join the retained quartet of West Indies
T20 captain Darren Sammy, former England batting
Kevin Pietersen, Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles.
Legendary West Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts,
Zouks' team ambassador, said the franchise had
done good business this time around, though he
lamented missing out on Pakistan all-rounder
"In 2013 and 2014 we didn't draft as well---this
year we tried to cover every angle as well as possible,"
"We would have liked to have got Afridi but were
pipped by St Kitts---who also pipped us to Sohail
Tanvir. We were also at a disadvantage because of
the retained players so we had to choose from the
Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel also managed to
transact excellent business, landing star South
African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, to add to their
retained quartet of captain Dwayne Bravo, Darren
Bravo, Samuel Badree and Kevon Cooper.
They will be joined by the South African duo of
Johan Botha and Cameron Delport, and Pakistan's
"We are very happy to get Jacques Kallis---he
was the main main pick for us," Dwayne Bravo said.
"We have a very exciting opener in Cameron
Delport, and a great wicket keeper and batter in
Kamran Akmal. The CPL is a great tournament.
We have been in the semi-finals two years in a row
so hopefully we can go one further this year."
New franchise St Kitts Patriots will be thrilled
by their acquisition of Afridi who is a much sought-
after player in the T20 world. He joins fellow coun-
tryman Sohail, New Zealander Martin Guptil and
South African Tabraiz Shamsi as the other inter-
national players in the line-up.
Meanwhile, Jamaica Tallawahs have landed stylish
Sri Lankan superstar Mahela Jayawardene as their
major signing while Amazon Warriors boast the
signatures of Sri Lankans Lasith Malinga and
The CPL campaign this season runs from June
Digicel Pro League defending champions
DIRECTV W Connection will be hoping to
bounce back following Tuesday s upset
defeat against Defence Force.
W Connection which started yesterday
joint second on the table with Defence Force
and North East Stars, all on 23 points host
the "Tetron Boys" at the Mannie Ramjohn
Stadium, Marabella from 4 pm today.
Both teams enter the clash on in con-
trasting style as the "Savonetta Boys" are
coming off a 2-1 away loss to Pt Fortin Civic
while the "Teteron Boys" edged table leaders
Central FC (1-0), both on Tuesday.
Looking back on Tuesday's loss W Con-
nection coach, Stuart Charles-Fevrier, said
that although preparations to play in Point
Fortin can be a little more difficult than the
usual, it was his team's poor finishing in
front of goal that cost them three points.
"We missed too many chances," said the
multiple-time Pro League winning coach.
"I thought we should have done better con-
sidering the amount of chances we had. We
were too poor in front of goal and we paid
"Defence Force have always been a difficult
opponent," continued the former T&T coach.
"They have won the Pro league a few
times and have always been a contender for
the title. Also they have always been a tough
challenge for us but we are ready for it.
In last night's matches at the Marvin Lee
Stadium, Macoya, Police came up against
Caledonia AIA , and Central FC battled Play
Whe San Juan Jabloteh.
Central, Connection aim to rebound
following weekday defeats
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