CPL

Tridents look to put poor season behind them with Alex Hales, good draft business

By May 23, 2019
Alex Hales Alex Hales

After failing to make the playoffs of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League, the Barbados Tridents have made some of the most notable drafts in the 2019 edition of the competition.

The Tridents, after being forced to take on new ownership just over a week ago, have already gone about the business of turning their fortunes around with the employ of England’s big-hitting opener, Alex Hales during the CPL’s draft on Wednesday, which took place at the Gfinity eSports Arena in London.

The Tridents wasted little time in using the very first pick of the draft to snare the big-hitting England batsman, who, speaking later during the draft, said he was thrilled to be heading back to an island he described as one of his favourite places to play cricket for what will be his first taste of the biggest party in sport.

Hales also wants to get back into the England set up, and hopes playing in tournaments like the CPL will do that.

“I think it's a good opportunity. These tournaments now are well-respected all around the world, particularly by the selectors and ECB. So yeah I'd love to use these tournaments to hopefully get back into the frame for next year,” said Hales.

In addition, the Tridents, who just days ago, announced West Indies captain Jason Holder as their marquee player, have also picked up Wahab Riaz, Asif Ali and Sandeep Lamichane.

Those three will combine with locals in Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Jonathan Carter, Chemar Holder, Roshon Primus, Raymon Reifer, Joshua Bishop, Justin Greaves, and Hayden Walsh.

From overseas, the Tridents will also employ the use of Leniko Boucher, Imad Wasim in the line-up.

The Hero Caribbean Premier League begins on September 4 and continues through to October 12.

The Trinbago Knight Riders are the defending champions and are expected to be hunting for a historic three-peat this season, having won in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

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