CLT20 bite-size preview: Barbados Tridents

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The side will be the most 'warmed up' of the teams, given the CPL was the most recent tournament played, and will thus still be pretty in sync.

<b>Brief Overview:</b> The Tridents were only formed in 2013, for the inaugural Caribbean Premier League, and have thus never played in this event. They replace last year's CPL representatives, Jamaica, after the Tridents beat Guyana in the CPL final. Fun fact: Hollywood actor, and former rapper, Mark Wahlberg has a stake in the side.

<b>Key Strength:</b> The side will be the most 'warmed up' of the teams, given the CPL was the most recent tournament played, and will thus still be pretty in sync. They have some experienced internationals too, with former South Africa batsman Neil McKenzie one of the more senior players in the entire tournament.

<b>Probable Weakness:</b> It's a struggle to see any a top class slow bowler in the ranks, despite Ravi Rampaul and Jason Holder a good pace pairing. But given Dwayne Smith and Kieron Pollard opted to play for their IPL sides, the slower bowling attack is sparse considering the tracks to be played on.

<b>Batsman To Watch:</b> Shoaib Malik was their best batsman in the CPL, but he's not available, and neither is Dwayne Smith, their next best option. Pollard was third and he's absent too. New Zealander James Franklin will need to find some form and fast, coming in off a stint with Nottinghamshire.

<b>Bowler To Watch:</b> Ravi Rampaul had a very good CPL, taking a number of four-fers, and also doing well in the ODIs against Bangladesh last month. He is very experienced internationally, and a tricksy bowler to get away on slower decks.

<b>Squad:</b> Shane Dowrich, Jeevan Mendis, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Jonathan Carter, Neil McKenzie, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul, Rayad Emrit (captain), Raymon Reifer, Kyle Mayers, William Perkins, James Franklin, Elton Chigumbura, Dilshan Munaweera.

<b>Toughest Fixture:</b> They get off to a tough start from the first game, facing the Kings XI Punjab, who we reckon are going to win this whole shebang. The sides clash on 20 September in Mohali, and the Pings will already have a game under their belts. The Tridents will need to get out of the starting gate at full speed to win this one.

<b>They Said:</b> Skipper Rayad Emrit: "It's an honour to lead the Barbados Tridents into the most prestigious tournament in domestic T20 cricket. It's a chance for us to pit our wits against some of the best-known teams around, and show the rest of the world the amount of talent that exists within the CPL."

<b>Cricket365's Prediction:</b> Eighth

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