Barbados Tridents History
The Barbados Tridents are the joint-second most successful team in the Caribbean Premier League with 2 league titles. They were founded in 2013, in the same year as the other teams, and have competed in 9 editions of the competition so far. Their home ground is the Kensington Oval, which has a capacity of approximately 11,000 seats.
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Barbados Tridents Owners
The club's current chairman is Ajmal Khan. They are co-owned by Manoj Badale and Manish Patel, who are also owners of the IPL team "Rajasthan Royals". In July 2021, the Barbados Tridents changed their name to the Barbados Royals.
The CMG group, which is a group of multiple entities that invest in diverse sectors, currently invests in the Barbados Royals. They also co-owned the Jamaica Tallawahs from 2014 to 2017.
Barbados Tridents Players in CPL T20 for 2021
The following were the players who competed for the Barbados Tridents
a.k.a. Barbados Royals
in the 2021 Hero CPL T20
- Johnson Charles
- Azam Khan
- Kyle Mayers
- Justin Greaves
- Thisara Perera
- Ashley Nurse
- Jason Holder
- Shai Hope
- Glenn Phillips
- Smit Patel
- Hayden Walsh Jr.
- Joshua Bishop
- Jake Lintott
- Mohammad Amir
- Raymond Reifer
- Oshawa Thomas
- Nyeem Young
Barbados Royals previous Coaches and Captains
The Barbados Royals were captained by Kieron Pollard between 2013 and 2017. In 2018, the captaincy reigns were handed over to Jason Holder, who is still their current captain. The team is currently coached by former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori, who took over the coaching reins from Phil Simmons.
Key players of Barbados Tridents
Over the years, the Barbados Royals have had some standout players. The following are some of the best to have featured in their team:
Kieron Pollard: Kieron played for 5 years between 2013 and 2017 for the Barbados Royals. He was also their captain during this period, and he led from the front. In this five year spell, he batted in 47 innings, scoring 1080 runs, with an average of 29.60. For a death overs batsman, his average was very good. Moreover, he had a great strike rate of 139.42. He had 8 30-plus scores as well as 7 half-centuries.
Pollard, who is an all-rounder, also had a great time with the ball. In 35 bowling innings, he grabbed 37 wickets at an astounding average of 19.70. Pollard was also an effective fielder, claiming 41 catches.
Kieron led the team to their first semi-finals which came in the initial edition of the competition itself. He followed that up with their first league title win in 2014, which was followed up with the runner-up spot in 2015.
Kumar Sangakkara: Kumar Sangakkara was a part of the 2013 Barbados Tridents team that reached the semi-finals. He also featured in the 2016 and 2017 seasons for them. In 26 matches, Kumar Sangakkara scored 757 runs at an excellent average of 43.29. He also had 2 30-plus scores and 7 half-centuries. Kumar also had a safe pair of hands behind the stumps, taking 17 catches, 5 stumpings and having a hand in 4 runouts.
The Barbados Tridents did not have a great time during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, as they finished 5th in the league stages. However, Kumar was one of the high points of their tournament.
Jason Holder: Jason has also been one of the best performers for the Barbados Royals since he joined their team in 2018. Save for the 2020 season, he has represented the Royals in 2018, 2019 and 2021 as their captain. Jason did not have a great first year with the Barbados Royals. While he scored at an average of 20.75 with a strike rate of 136.00, he only managed to take 5 wickets at a bowling average of 57.20.
However, he made a comeback in 2019, with the ball, grabbing 14 wickets in 13 innings at a bowling strike rate of 21.00. He also proved to be a handy fielder, by taking 10 catches. His leadership ensured that the Barbados Royals won their second Caribbean Premier League title.
While Jason and his team did not have a great 2021 CPL season, after winning just 3 out of 10 games and finishing at the bottom of the table. However, he has regained his form since then. He is currently the number 1 all-rounder in the world in Test cricket, and has made vital contributions to the West Indies team in all formats of the game. He is expected to lead his team to further glory at the 2022 CPL.
Past Performance of Barbados Tridents in the CPL
The Barbados Tridents are possibly the most unpredictable team in the CPL. They began their Caribbean Premier League journey in 2013 with a 3rd place finish in the league stages and reached the semi-finals. In 2014, they went two steps ahead, by beating the Guyana Amazon Warriors to claim their first title. Ravi Rampaul, who currently plays his trade for the Trinbago Knight Riders, grabbed 14 wickets for the Barbados Tridents that year. In the following year, they reached the final against the Trinbago Knight Riders, where they fell short by 20 runs.
However, in the coming years, their performances dipped severely. The team was ranked 5 out of 6 in consecutive seasons, followed by a dismal bottom-place finish in 2018. However, there was a revival in their fortunes in 2019, when they won their second title. They finished second in the league stages and were up against the Guyana Amazon Warriors, who were the favourites that year. However, a strong all-round performance from the team led them to another championship.
In 2020 and 2021, the team returned to their old ways, finishing 5th and 6th respectively in the 6-team league. They need a revamp to maintain their consistency and perform to their potential.
Barbados Tridents CPL 2022 prediction
The Barbados Tridents did not have a great strategy during the CPL 2021 season. They let go of many of their overseas talents, including the prolific Rashid Khan. Their selection choices led them to a bottom-place finish.
Currently, expectations are not sky-high from this team. However, they have some promising local talent in players such as Shai Hope and Kyle Mayers. In Jason Holder, they have one of the best all-rounders in the world. We hope that the management rethinks its strategy to ensure that the team wins their third title.
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