Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 20th 2015 Contents New kids on the block, the St Kitts &
Nevis Patriots have replaced the Antigua
Hawksbills in the CPL for the 2015 season.
Allowed to retain four players from the
Hawksbills, Carlos Brathwaite, Devon
Thomas, Orlando Peters and Justin
Athanaze, the Patriots appear to have their
work cut out.
With the other CPL teams opting to retain
players in the first round of the draft, the
Patriots used their first round pick to select
Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi. Also
selected in the draft was former Hawksbill
captain, Marlon Samuels along with overseas
players, Sohail Tanvir, Martin Guptill and
Tabraiz Shamsi. Only Sheldon Cottrell from
the Hawksbills has joined this team.
The level of experience in the form of
Afridi, Samuels, Tanvir and Guptill will go
a far way as this team introduces itself to
the CPL. Guptill, in particular, a member of
the Guyana Amazon Warriors team that were
the beaten finalists in 2014, has the necessary
CPL experience to look to be one of the
linchpin of this Patriots team.
With only two players new to the CPL in
Shamzi and Taylor will mean that this team
can move towards gelling as an entity as
players would be familiar with the conditions,
the format and the atmosphere of CPL
The batting lineup for this team looks
quite potent. With Samuels, Afridi and Gup-
till, the team has the personnel to dismantle
any solid bowling attack. Evin Lewis (pre-
viously of the T&T Red Steel with 321 runs
in eight matches has a strike rate of 127.89).
Although there is inexperience, there is
enough young potential coupled with expe-
rienced and accomplished batsmen capable
of adding the necessary depth to bat this
team to victory.
The team s weakness of the team may lie
in its hit or miss approach. With strong
players, the aim will be to build a strong
squad with the necessary players selected
to play in each match.
With Tanvir the only true specialist bowler
capable of taking quick wickets and with a
good enough economy rate, the Patriots may
prove to be deficient in depth in their bowling
Known for his huge hitting, Afridi is
expected to thrill CPL spectators with his
tremendous and entertaining stroke play.
With his 80 wickets and 2407 runs in 159
T20 innings, Afridi has the potential to
anchor his team to victory.
Martin Guptill also has the potential to
be a standout player for the Patriots. With
his 358 runs in 10 matches with a strike rate
of 127.40, the Afridi-Guptill partnership is
one which could set the CPL ablaze.
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Despite having lost their best
player from the 2014 season in Pak-
istani Sohail Tanvir, the St Lucia
Zouks squad looks to have assembled
their best CPL squad yet.
The Zouks retained their captain, Darren
Sammy along with Kevin Pietersen, Johnson
Charles, and Andre Fletcher. The St Lucia
Zouks will look to better results after winning
two games in each of the previous two sea-
In the draft, the Zouks also redrafted all
rounders Henry Davids and Liam Sebastien,
wicket keeper Andre Fletcher, batsman Keddy
Lesporis and West Indian bowler, Shane
Shillingford. The batting lineup of the Zouks
could feature any combination of Charles,
Davids, Fletcher, Taylor, Sammy, Mayers and
the in form Kevin Pietersen and still be a solid
What is undoubtedly their strongest batting
lineup could find the success in the CPL this
season that has evaded them over the last
Although exactly half of the squad is new,
only three in Leie, Johnson and Roach have
never competed in the CPL. This familiarity
with players, stadiums, weather and playing
conditions will allow for an easier transition
for the team in this edition of the CPL.
A stronger bowling attack than in pre-
vious seasons, while Tanvir and Tino Best
are no longer in the squad, having to select
bowlers from Shillingford, Gabriel,
Edwards and Roach is not a bad problem
to have. The likes of Sammy, Mayers
and Sebastien are also capable bowlers.
However, given the strength of the
bowling of other teams in the CPL,
comparatively, this bowling lineup is
not the strongest and could face dan-
gerous tests against the batting attacks
of the various other CPL teams.
While a steadier team than any
other assembled for this Zouks
squad, the depth of this squad is
one that is of concern. While for-
midable players are a part of this team, the
depth of quality is potentially a major hindrance
for the duration
Few cricket players divide opinion
the way Kevin Pietersen does. Not selected
by the England Cricket Board (ECB) for the
present England-New Zealand series, Pietersen
scored an unbeaten 355 runs in his most recent
First Class match. At his best, Pietersen is
known to be one of the most lethal batsmen
in the world.
Similarly, inconsistency has plagued captain
Darren Sammy. However, with a CPL strike
rate of 123.60, accumulating 110 runs in 9
matches and taking 3 wickets. Capable of
anchoring an innings, Sammy is one that is
known for his fight and he is willing and capa-
ble of pulling any team to victory.
on the block
TEAM PROFILE - ST KITTS AND NEVIS PATRIOTS
Martin Guptill also
has the potential to
be a standout player
for the Patriots.
Players from previous
Marlon Samuels (c)
*from the Antigua
assembly of talent
Retained from 2014
Darren Sammy (c)
Johnson Charles (wk)
Ross Taylor (overseas
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ST LUCIA ZOUKS
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