Former Windies wicketkeeper predicts victory for T and T franchise

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC-Assistant coach of the Trinidad and Tobago franchise David Williams is predicting victory for his outfit in the first ever Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which begins next month.

The former West Indies wicketkeeper says he is anticipating tough competition but believes the Port-of Spain franchise has the players to win.

“We expect to win,” declared a confident Williams who is working alongside franchise coach Gordon Greenidge, the former West Indies opening batsman.

“We have a very astute captain in Dwayne Bravo. We have some very experienced guys in there, so we are expecting to give a good showing, but it is going to be tough”.
Apart from Bravo, the franchise includes international players Ross Taylor and Aaron Finch as well as Darren Bravo, Samuel Badree, Kevon Cooper, Justin Guillen, Adrian Barath, and Under-23 players Nicholas Pooran and Yannic Cariah.

“We did not always get to pick a player that we wanted, and (some of) the players we wanted we could not get,” said Williams in reference to the CPL player draft which occurred in Jamaica last week.

“In the end, I think we have a reasonably balanced squad. Although we lost a few people, I feel we have enough Trinidad players to do well”.

The CPL replaces the Caribbean T20 which T and T won earlier this year.

Players will be involved in a training camp a week before the start of the tournament.

“It is going to be good cricket,” coach of the T&T team that will represent the region in the Champions League T20 later this year.

“You will have to play very well to get to that final”.

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