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Coach Simon Helmot says the T&T Red Steel do
not feel any extra pressure, despite the 2015
Caribbean Premier League final being held at the
Queen’s Park Oval on 26 July.
It will be the first time the island has hosted the
tournament’s grand finale with the Red Steel still
searching for their first ever CPL crown, having
reached the playoffs in each of the past two seasons.
“There is no extra on pressure on us. There is great
expectation from the fans and inside the camp of us
to do well. If anything it is an added incentive that
the finals are at the Queen’s Park Oval,” said Helmot.
Barbados Tridents set the benchmark last year but
we are out to knock them off and win the title.”
As well as using the incentive of a home final,
Helmot is hopeful that the franchise will learn from
their performance in the 2014 competition—in which
the Red Steel won six of their nine group games
before losing to the Jamaica Tallawahs in the first
“Last year after seven rounds, we were in a good
position,” said the Australian coach. “But we finished
poorly and the competition slipped away from us.
“This year we have to peak at the right time. We
need to start well but continue the momentum
throughout the competition, as last year showed we
cannot afford to flirt with our form.”
Helmot will call on the experience of captain
Dwayne Bravo and Jacques Kallis, who will appear
in the tournament for the first time after being picked
in the second round of February’s Player Draft.
With the addition of Kallis along with hard-hitting
opening batsmen Cameron Delport, the Red Steel is
sure to enter the tournament as one of the favourites
but Helmot believes the competition is as wide open
as it’s ever been.
“It’s a very even competition and every match will
be close. The advantage that Jacques and Dwayne
bring is they not what it means to be successful.
“Dwayne is one of the most prolific all-rounders
in World T20 cricket and is the spiritual leader of
the franchise, both on and off the field. Jacques is
a fairly calm character and his experience is sure to
rub off on the younger players.
“I think when you add those to the rest of the
squad we are in a good place. We have a lot of multi-
skilled players which means we can be versatile in
different conditions and allow us to match up against
all types of opponent.”
Helmot hoping for home final
T&T Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo, right, during a press conference
watched by coach Simon Helmot, left.
T&T—Steeling for tough tourney
Red Steel manager Colin Borde says his team
is steeling for a tough trip in the next few weeks
as it tries to become the third winner of the CPL.
However Borde believes the Red Steel has the
right combination to come away as winners. “We
feel comfortable with the balance of our team.
We have a lot of experience and we have a
couple of exciting young players as well,” Borde
“I think the blend is going to give us the edge
in the end. It is important to pace ourselves in
terms of our physical workload. At the back end
of the tournament, it will get quite hectic and
this is where the hours of preparation will
dictate the outcome.”
Borde confirmed that Jacques Kallis, the
South African allrounder will make a tremendous
difference to his squad.
Kallis was conspicuous by his absence at the
Red Steel training in Port of Spain but Borde
confirmed that he will be joining the team in St
Kallis will join forces with a number of
international players including Cameron Delport,
Kamran Akmal, and Johan Botha.
“With the addition of Kallis, Akmal, Botha and
Delport, we have strengthened the team in
terms of flexibility in our batting order and
certainly in terms of experience and versatility.
We have four spinners in young Derone Davis,
Botha, Samuel Badree and Suliemann Benn and
we also have Jason Mohammed if needed. “
Borde believes the tournament will be the most
competitive. “Every team has been made
stronger. I think the coaches know that playing
in the Caribbean presents a different style and
have done their homework well. Two seasons
have gone and teams have gotten smarter, so
there is no doubt that we have to be at our very
best throughout to win.”
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