The Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 franchise will be looking to bounce back stronger for the second edition of the competition next year, and they have already identified some of the areas that will need strengthening.
Coach Gordon Greenidge, reflecting on their performances in the tournament said: “At the beginning we did not start so well. Everybody saw that.
“We obviously would have hoped to start on a very high note. It did not happen, and probably after the first and second game, we were written off, but we came back and managed to qualify, some say very fortunately, but again that being the case, it is fine,” he told the Express on Friday.
“Areas of our batting let us down, and at times the bowling was not as consistent as it should or could have been, so there were a lot of areas we need to go back and do better for next year.”
The Red Steel coach also pointed to some areas that they would need to look at for next year.
“Another top line opener…(Kevin) O’Brien has done the job, but perhaps you would say he is not a clear cut opening batsman.
“We don’t have a real big pinch-hitter in the middle. We don’t have an off-spinner, and we could have had another good death bowler to bowl with (Fidel) Edwards in the end. So those are the areas we will probably need to look at for next year for the Red Steel franchise,” he explained.
And while their campaign in the inaugural competition ended at the semi-final stage in Port of Spain on Thursday night via a seven-wicket loss to Guyana, Greenidge still wants the majority of the team to feature in the second edition of the tournament.
“The team blended well and that was one of the highlights for me…the players coming from all parts of the world blending in so well in such a short time.
“It is just that we did not put it together on the field. But off the field the blend, the players, the camaraderie, the friendship was excellent. But the cricket is what let us down big time when it came to the crunch,” he said.
The Red Steel featured Ireland player Kevin O’Brien, New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor, South African Davy Jacobs, Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene, Barbadians Fidel Edwards, Sulieman Benn, and Miguel Cummins, as well as Windward Islands pacer Delorn Johnson.
They also had the youngest player of the tournament in 17-year-old T&T senior team and Under-19 wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran.
“It will be nice to have these players who played in this year’s CPL involved, because it will be a pity to have to discard many of the players seeing that they started so well.
“I hope if not all, many of the players who played this year will be on board or available,” said Greenidge.
Asked about his own ambitions as coach of the franchise team, he joked: “I think I am probably more expendable than the players.”
“But it will be nice to be part of the set up next year as well. We can only hope that the franchise owners are looking in that area and for those involved this year to be involved again next year,” the coach added.