Having won their opening Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) match against the Barbados Tridents over the weekend, the Dwayne Bravo-led Red Steel will now turn their attention to the Guyana Amazon Warriors in today’s clash from 7.30 p.m. at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.
The Warriors, led by Trinidad and Tobago’s Denesh Ramdin and including his T&T team-mates mystery spinner Sunil Narine and opening batsman Lendl Simmons, also got their campaign off to a winning start and will also be looking to build some momentum.
Red Steel manager Colin Borde told the Express on Tuesday that his charges are prepared, ready and focused for the contest despite their skipper not being happy with the change of the franchise’s name. He said that the matter was discussed within the team but insisted that the players were all professionals and they were there to play cricket.
Elsewhere, the stage is set in Antigua for a mouth-watering clash between two Caribbean cricketing superstars as Marlon Samuels and the Antigua Hawksbills face Chris Gayle and the defending champions the Jamaica Tallawahs from 3.30 p.m. at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
The match will see the Hawksbills looking to bounce back from a narrow two-wicket defeat to the Amazon Warriors in the season’s opening game. Despite the defeat there were encouraging performances for the Hawksbills, with Australian pair Ben Dunk and Ben Laughlin both impressing, along with pace bowler Sheldon Cottrell, who picked up three wickets.
Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle, who scored the first CPLT20 century, will be joined by a host of T20 stars, including Andre Russell, Jerome Taylor, Jermaine Blackwood, Daniel Vettori, Adam Voges, Rusty Theron and Owais Shah.
Sir Viv Richards, Antigua Hawksbills mentor said: “It’s going to be a tough game, no doubt but with home advantage and the backing of our passionate fans we feel we can overcome the Tallawahs. Coach Nielsen and the team have been working hard in the build-up to the tournament, and fans can expect to see a good team performance on Thursday.”
Marlon Samuels, Antigua Hawksbills captain, said: “We had amazing support last year and the fans created an awesome atmosphere so we’re asking as many supporters as possible to get to the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and get behind the Hawksbills.”
The Tallawahs match is the first of three home games for the Hawksbills. On Saturday, the visitors will be Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Kieron Pollard and his Barbados Tridents, while Bravo will lead the Red Steel to the island on Sunday.