Caribbean Premier League 2021 team-by-team guide: Who can stop Trinbago?

Kieron Pollard
Will it be another title for Pollard's Trinbago?

Ed Hawkins has the strengths, weaknesses, stats and possible XIs for six teams in the Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament...

"The big question is whether the 2/1 about Trinbago is value on a surface which could only serve to reward the toss winner"

Trinbago Knight Riders 3.002/1

Last two years: W-3
Last two years batting rank: 1
Last two years bowling rank: =3
2021 run rate 8.4 (rank 1)
2021 econ rate 6.8 (2)

Squad: Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Colin Munro, Khary Pierre, Anderson Phillip, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ali Khan, Tion Webster, Akeal Hosein, Lendl Simmons, Jayden Seales, Tim Seifert, Isuru Udana, Leonardo Julien

Possible XI Narine, Simmons, Munro, Bravo, Pollard, Ramdin, Udana, Pierre, Hosein, Seales, Yasir

Verdict: The team to beat. No-one got within touching distance last season as they blew teams away with the bat and worked in the field like dervishes. Lendl Simmons and Colin Munro with the bat and Yasir Shah and Akeal Hosein with the ball could ensure the status quo remains. But Sandeep Lamichhane being unavailable is a blow. A fit Sunil Narine - a rarity in CPL of late - is also a massive boost. The big question is whether the 2/1 is value on a surface which could only serve to reward the toss winner.

Predicted group finish: 2

Guyana Amazon Warriors 5.04/1

Last two years: 3-R
Last two years batting rank: =2
Last two years bowling rank: 1
2021 run rate 6.6 (5)
2021 econ rate 6.3 (1)

Squad: Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Shimron Hetmyer, Romario Shepherd, Nicholas Pooran, Brandon King, Odean Smith, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Anthony Bramble, Imran Tahir, Kevin Sinclair, Ashmeade Nedd, Naveen Ul Haq, Nial Smith, Gudakesh Motie, Waqar Salamkheil

Possible XI Hemraj, King, Hafeez, Hetmyer, Pooran, Malik, Shepherd, Sinclair, Naveen, O Smith, Tahir

Verdict: Guyana have been remarkably consistent with the ball in the last two years. And remarkably reliable in getting to the business end of the tournament. But not winning. Five times in eight competitions they have finished as runners-up. Last year they were humiliated in the semi-finals as batting frailty returned to haunt them. Have they solved that? Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik could be the perfect foil for Nic Pooran and Shimron Hetymer. Expertise on worn, slow pitches shoudl mean they fly in the group stage - as usual. They could miss Chris Green's spin, though.

Predicted group finish: 1

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 6.05/1

Last two years: 6-4
Last two years batting rank: =4
Last two years bowling rank: 5
2021 run rate 6.5 (6)
2021 econ rate 7.9 (6)

Squad: Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Devon Thomas, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Sherfane Rutherford, Chris Gayle, Rayad Emrit, Joshua da Silva, Colin Archibald, Dwayne Bravo, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mikyle Louis, Ravi Bopara, Fawad Ahmed,

Possible XI Lewis, Gayle, Da Silva, Rutherford, Bopara, Allen, Bravo, Emrit, Cottrell, Jaggesar, Ahmed

Verdict: The Patriots have only made it out of the group twice in six attempts. With home advantage they should feel confident of making it three. It's hardly been a fortress, though with 14 wins and 15 losses. Chris Gayle has replaced Chris Lynn and the Patriots need him to shore up batting which does not inspire. Their recruitment looked good until Rassie van der Dussen, Wanindu Hasaranga, Anrich Nortje and Rahmanullah Gurbaz pulled out. Having worked hard to solve bowling issues they are back to square one. Fawad Ahmed is a decent replacement bu Ravi Bopara is lucky to get a gig. As a result we've edited their finsih from third to fourth.

Predicted group finish: 4

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Barbados Royals 6.05/1

Last two years: 5-W
Last two years batting rank: 6
Last two years bowling rank: 2
2021 run rate 6.7 (rank =4)
2021 econ rate 7.1 (4)

Squad: Jason Holder, Glen Philipps, Raymon Reifer, Kyle Mayers, Oshane Thomas, Ashley Nurse, Shai Hope, Thisara Perera, Justin Greaves, Joshua Bishop, Hayden Walsh Jr, Johnson Charles, Nyeem Young, Mohammad Amir, Azam Khan, Jake Lintott, Shafiqullah Ghafari, Smit Patel

Possible XI Charles, Philipps, Hope, Mayers, Greaves, Holder, T Perera, Thomas, Walsh Jnr, Amir, Lintott

Verdict: Royals have had a name change but the most significant move is the loss of Rashid Khan, who was their top wicket-taker last season. Without him it seems a stretch to see how they will improve on a fifth-placed finish and a middle-ranking bowling effort, particularly after losing Chris Morris late in the day. Glenn Philips is a good pick-up for the opening slot and Jake Lintott gets a contract after stellar work in the Hundred. Still, it could be a long season..

Predicted group finish: 6

Jamaica Tallwahs 6.05/1

Last two years: 4-6
Last two years batting rank: =4
Last two years bowling rank: 6
2021 run rate 6.7 (=4)
2021 econ rate 7.2 (5)

Squad: Rovman Powell, Veerasammy Permaul, Carlos Brathwaite, Qais Ahmad, Chadwick Walton, Jason Mohammed, Andre Russell, Fidel Edwards, Ryan Persaud, Haider Ali, Migael Pretorius, Kenar Lewis, Ibrahim Zadran, Abhijai Mansingh, Joshua James, Chris Green, Kirk McKenzie, Shamarh Brooks

Possible XI Walton, K Lewis, Brooks, Russell, Ali, Powell, Brathwaite, Edwards, Pretorius, Qais, Permaul

Verdict: Jamaica have a lot of work to do with their work in the field. Their bowling stats do not make good reading and they have lost their two most economical bowlers last season - Sandeep Lamichhane and Mujeeb ur Rahmann. Qais Ahmed is a good replacement but they will be unable to pair him with Shakib-al_hasan who is a late withdrawal. Chris Green is not like-for-like, of course, but he will be reliable. Last term on wearing pitches they were exposed by spin so don't be fooled by that power-packed lower-order.

Predicted group finish: 5

St Lucia Kings 7.06/1

Last two years: R-5
Last two years batting rank: =2
Last two years bowling rank: =3
2021 run rate 7.3 (2)
2021 econ rate 7 (3)

Squad: Andre Fletcher, Kesrick Williams, Wahab Riaz, Rakheem Cornwall, Keemo Paul, Javelle Glen, Mark Deyal, Alzarri Joseph, Jeavor Royal, Obed McCoy, Roston Chase, Faf du Plessis, Matthew Wade, Usman Qadir, Samit Patel, Keron Cottoy, Kadeem Alleyne

Possible XI Du Plessis, Deyal/Cornwall, Fletcher, David, Chase, Samit Patel, Paul, Joseph, Williams, Qadir

Verdict: St Lucia are on their third name in an attempt to bring a change in fortunes. They have never won the title but last year made it to the play-offs for the first time, losing in the final. They have a change-up with the top order. Faf Du Plessis could open instead of one from Mark Deyal and Rahkeem Cornwall. They've lost a boatload of wickets from Mohammad Nabi and Scott Kuggelijn, though, and the pressure is on Usman Qadir to tie down teams. Nous in the field gives them an excellent qualification chance, though. Replacing Matthew Wade with Tim david is a masterstroke.

Predicted group finish: 3

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