Looking ahead to the start of the 2016 CPL campaign, Shah Rukh Khan, owner of TKR, said: “We’re counting down to the start of CPL, which I believe will be the biggest party in cricket. We have assembled some of the best players from the West Indies and across the world this year and I know our players are raring to step out on to the field and represent Trinidad & Tobago with pride. I know we can count on the full support of the Trinbago fans to cheer TKR as we commence the defence of our title.”
Mr. Venky Mysore, Director of Trinbago Knight Riders said, “It feels extra special to start our defence of the title at our home ground. The passion of T&T fans is unmatchable and I am sure that the team will enjoy the support and perform to their best in front of their home crowd.”
TKR will launch their defence of the CPL title against St. Lucia Zouks on Wednesday, 29 June and will play four night games in total between 29 June – 4 July.
TKR will once again be led by the influential Dwayne Bravo and will include enigmatic batsman Brendon McCullum – one of a trio of New Zealanders in the panel alongside Colin Munro and Anton Devcich.
The Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) based side will also include off-spinner Sunil Narine, following his recent transfer from Guyana Amazon Warriors, as well as the likes of Sulieman Benn who was a key part of the West Indies squad who lifted the ICC World Twenty 20 title in India back in March.
In addition, TKR will be able to call on the experience of Proteas star batsman Hashim Amla and Pakistan’s Umar Akmal, while the Under-19 berth will be filled by Anderson Phillip.
The TKR squad will be coached once more by Simon Helmot who will be assisted by Imran Jan and Chief Mentor Jacques Kallis.
Trinbago Knight Riders Home Fixtures (all times local): 29 June – St. Lucia Zouks (9pm), 1 July – Barbados Tridents (9pm), 2 July – Guyana Amazon Warriors (9pm), 4 July – Jamaica Tallawahs (7pm). (CPLT20)