Trinbago Knight Riders

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Trinbago Knight Riders
Trinbago Knight Riders logo.png
Personnel
Captain Trinidad and Tobago Dwayne Bravo
Coach Australia Simon Katich[1]
Owner Shah Rukh Khan (Red Chillies Entertainment)
Juhi Chawla, Jay Mehta (Mehta Group)
Chief executive Venky Mysore
Team information
City Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Colours Trinidad and Tobago
Founded 2013
Home ground Queen's Park Oval
Capacity 20,000
History
CPL wins 1 (2015)

The Trinbago Knight Riders (formerly the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel) is a franchise cricket team of the Caribbean Premier League based in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The Red Steel was one of the original six teams created for the tournament's inaugural 2013 season. Their home ground is Queen's Park Oval.

In 2015, Red Chillies Entertainment, the parent company of Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders, purchased stake in the Red Steel.[2] The Red Steel went on to win the 2015 tournament.[3] After the season, the name was changed to Trinbago Knight Riders.

History[edit]

The Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel were one of the six teams created for the Caribbean Premier League's inaugural 2013 season. In 2015, they won the tournament for the first time, defeating the Barbados Tridents 178–158 at Queen's Park Oval.[3]

Also in 2015, Red Chillies Entertainment led by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and Mehta Group of businessman Jay Mehta and his wife Juhi Chawla, purchased stake in the Red Steel. Red Chillies Entertainment also owns the Indian Premier League's Kolkata Knight Riders; this was the first time an IPL team had invested in a Twenty20 cricket league outside India.[2] In 2016, Red Chillies Entertainment took over the team's operations and changed the name to the Knight Riders. The core team remained the same in 2016, with Dwayne Bravo at the helm. However, the team's marquee foreign player is New Zealand's Brendon McCullum, who has played for KKR in the past. Brad Hogg and Colin Munro have also played for KKR before. Darren Bravo and Sunil Narine currently play for both the Knight Riders teams.[4] Simon Katich in 2017, replaced fellow Australian Simon Helmot as the head coach.[1]

"Forty percent of the population in Trinidad and Tobago is of Indian origin. There is a very strong connect of those people to Bollywood. They are all extremely big fans of Shah Rukh Khan. And Trinidad is among the most advanced economies in the Caribbean."[5]

—Venky Mysore, Chief executive of Red Chillies Entertainment on investing in CPL

Squad[edit]

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name[6] Nat Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batsmen
42 Brendon McCullum New Zealand (1981-09-27) 27 September 1981 (age 35) Right Right-arm medium Marquee Player
1 Hashim Amla South Africa (1983-03-31) 31 March 1983 (age 34) Right Right-arm medium International
46 Darren Bravo Trinidad and Tobago (1989-02-06) 6 February 1989 (age 28) Left Right-arm medium-fast Local franchise player/ TEMPORARY UNTIL JULY 11TH
All-rounders
47 Dwayne Bravo Trinidad and Tobago (1983-10-07) 7 October 1983 (age 33) Right Right-arm medium-fast Local franchise player/Captain
- Colin Munro New Zealand (1987-04-11) 11 April 1987 (age 30) Left Righ-arm medium International franchise player
20 Kevon Cooper Trinidad and Tobago (1989-02-02) 2 February 1989 (age 28) Right Right-arm medium Local franchise player
Shadab Khan Pakistan (1998-10-04) 4 October 1998 (age 18) Right Right-arm leg break International franchise player
- Javon Searles Barbados (1986-12-21) 21 December 1986 (age 30) Right Right-arm medium-fast Local franchise player
- Anderson Phillip Trinidad and Tobago (1996-08-22) 22 August 1996 (age 20) Right Right-arm medium-fast U-19 player
Wicket-keepers
40 Denesh Ramdin Trinidad and Tobago (1985-04-13) 13 April 1985 (age 32) Right Local franchise player
40 William Perkins Trinidad and Tobago (1986-10-08) 8 October 1986 (age 30) Right Local franchise player
Hamza Tariq Canada (1990-07-21) 21 July 1990 (age 26) Right ICC Americas Player
Bowlers
- Nikita Miller Jamaica (1982-05-16) 16 May 1982 (age 35) Right Left-arm Slow Local franchise player
74 Sunil Narine Trinidad and Tobago (1988-05-26) 26 May 1988 (age 29) Left Right-arm Off break Local franchise player
53 Mehedi Hasan Bangladesh (1997-10-25) 25 October 1997 (age 19) Right Right-arm Off break Brad Hogg's replacement
- Ronsford Beaton Guyana (1992-09-08) 8 September 1992 (age 24) Right Right-arm fast Local franchise player
- Khary Pierre Trinidad and Tobago (1992-06-22) 22 June 1992 (age 25) Left Slow left arm orthodox Local franchise player

Home ground[edit]

QPO – Flood lights turned on

The Trinbago Knight Riders plays their home games at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain. The QPO was also the host ground of the semi-finals and finals of 2013 and 2015 editions of the CPL. The Queen's Park Oval is one of the oldest and most historic of grounds in the Caribbean as well as having one of the largest capacities, accommodating approximately 20,000 spectators in comfort. Home of the Queen's Park Cricket Club (QPCC) since 1896, it has hosted Test matches since 1930, ODIs since 1983 and T20s since 2009.

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