Red Steel in upbeat mood as CPL looms

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC- Manager of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel Colin Borde is reporting an upbeat mood among his players as they prepare to launch their campaign in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) against St.Lucia Zouks on Sunday.

“The mood has been very upbeat and positive,” declared Borde. “We have gelled well as a group thus far and are working hard to get all aspects fine-tuned.”

Upbeat Red Steel ready to launch CPL campaign
Upbeat Red Steel ready to launch CPL campaign

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo will remain captain of the 15-man team, which includes brother Darren, leg-spinner Samuel Badree, all-rounders Javon Searles and Kevon Cooper, and veteran left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn.

They are a few new faces in the squad, including opening batsman/wicketkeeper William Perkins, left-arm spinner Derone Davis, pacers Marlon Richards and Miguel Cummins. The four foreign players are also new to the Red Steel- legendary South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, his countryman and off-spinner, Johan Botha, another South African, all-rounder Cameron Delport and Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.

“All…. players have walked into the team as if they have been here all along,” Borde said.

“They are very focused and experienced professionals and our camp is one that we like to keep as welcoming to all as possible but with guidelines.”

Kallis, who retired from first class cricket last year, is one of the headline names for the 2015 CPL.

“We expect that Mr. Kallis will bring a great level of intelligence, experience and guidance to the squad and that will only be good for the team.”said Borde.

The Red Steel were eliminated at the semi-final stage in the previous two CPL competitions.

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