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The biggest party in sport will get underway
tonight at 9pm, when Dwayne Bravo s Trinbago
Knight Riders run out against the St Lucia Zouks
in the opening match of the 2016 Hero CPLT20
tournament at the Queen s Park Oval.
The last time Bravo and his men played at the
Oval, they were celebrating the title, having defeat-
ed the Barbados Tridents in the finals of the 2015
Tickets for tonight s game are almost gone
despite the fact that it starts at US$28. Bravo will
have a team packed with superstars as the main
catch for the local franchise this year is mystery
man Sunil Narine. He returns home after spending
the first three editions with the Guyana Amazon
Warriors. Also included in the Knight Riders line-
up is former New Zealand captain Brendon McCul-
lum and the prolific South African Hashim Amla.
Bravo who was player of the series last time
around will also have the services of his brother
Darren for the first four matches before he goes
into camp for the West Indies Test series against
India in the Caribbean.
Speaking ahead of the clash, coach Simon Hel-
mot said: "We have got some superstars. Obviously
our captain, The Champion Dwayne Bravo, his
brother Darren is available for some matches
which is really exciting for us. They love playing
in front of their home fans at Queen s Park Oval.
I think the fans can expect us to play aggressive
cricket, exciting cricket and cricket that they want
to come and watch. Hopefully they see winning
cricket. We saw last year that the noise was elec-
tric, the support was just brilliant."
The Knight Riders will also have New Zealander
Brendon McCullum and South African Hashim
Amla. "We ve got some exciting cricketers this
season and if we can gel well together, and play
well together, then I m sure we will have some
success together. The fans, the weather and I think
the Carnival atmos-
phere makes CPL such
an interesting, exciting
and dynamic compe-
tition," said Helmot.
The Zouks will be led by West Indies T20 captain
Darren Sammy but will be with out T&T wicket-
keeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin, who is suffering
a hamstring and shoulder injury. Also in their ranks
are the dangerous opening pair of Johnson Charles
and Andre Fletcher who are expected to attack
from ball one. Coach Stuart Williams said his team
will be taking each match on its own. "The intention
is to take one match at a time and look to move
He did not single out any player but said there
were a number of match winners in his team. "I
don t want to single out anyone. Expecting a lot
out of the team to include Shane Watson, Michael
Hussey, better known as Mr Cricket, David Miller
and Morne Morkel. Also looking forward to great
play from Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher. The
Zouks have the best players! With Mr Cricket
Michael Hussey and Darren Sammy, fans can expect
some exciting matches.
After tonight s play the action continues Friday
when Trinbago Knight Riders meet Barbados Tri-
dents and then clash with the Guyana Amazon
Warriors the following day before taking a break
on Sunday and returning to face Chris Gayle s
Jamaica Tallawah on Monday night.
After their home games, the Trinbago Knight
Riders fly out to Guyana, where they face that coun-
try on July 10.
TRINBAGO KNIGHT RIDERS: Dwayne Bravo (captain),
Brendon McCullum, Darren Bravo, Sunil Narine, Hashim
Amla, Umar Akmal, Kevon Cooper, Sulieman Benn, Colin
Munro, Anton Devcich, Ronsford Beaton, Nikita Miller,
Javon Searles, William Perkins, Yannick Cariah,
Ramnaresh Sarwan, Hamza Tariq, Anderson Phillip
Coach: Simon Helmot, Assistant Coach: Imran Jan, Chief
Mentor: Jacques Kallis.
ST LUCIA ZOUKS: David Miller, Shane Watson, Darren
Sammy (captain), Michael Hussey, Johnson Charles,
Andre Fletcher, Morne Morkel, Miguel Cummins, Derone
Davis, Grant Elliott, Kristopher Ramsaran, Shane
Shillingford, Delorn Johnson, Kyle Mayers, Keddy
Lesporis, Nitish Kumar, Gidron Pope.
Coach: Stuart Williams, Assistant Coach: Trevor Penney,
Bowling Coach: Sir Andy Roberts.
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www.guardian.co.tt WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016
Michael Johnson (born September 13, 1967) won four Olympic gold
medals and eight World Championships gold medals. Johnson holds
the world and Olympic records in the 400 metres. He formerly held
the world and Olympic record in the 200 metres, and the world
record in the indoor 400 metres. His 200 metres time of 19.32 at the
1996 Summer Olympics stood as the record for more than 12 years.
Johnson is generally considered one of the greatest and most
consistent sprinters in the history of track and field.
He is the only male athlete in history to win both the 200 and 400
at the same Olympics, a feat he accomplished at the 1996 Summer
Olympics in Atlanta. Johnson is also the only man to successfully
defend his Olympic title in the 400. Aside from his Olympic success
Johnson accumulated eight gold medals at World Championships,
and is thus tied with Carl Lewis for the second most gold medals
won by a runner (second only to Usain Bolt).
..as Trinbago Knight Riders open CPL campaign
captain Dwayne Bravo
celebrates during a
winning moment at
last year's CPL.
Bravo and his newly
Knight Riders go
after a repeat in
Fragile Hodgson not hiding
despite England loss --- Page A44
Photo album of NAAAs
Championships --- Page A45
Langer wants faster pitches
for West Indies --- Page A46
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