CPL CHAMPIONS 2019! Members of the Barbados Tridents led by their captain Jason Holder lift the winners trophy after capturing the Hero CPL title against the Guyana Amazon Warriors at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, San Fernando last night. Tridents beat Guyana Amazon Warriors by 27 runs in October, 2019.

The Barbados Tridents have announced the Caribbean players the team has retained for the 2020 Hero Caribbean Premier League and like last season there are no T&T players.

T&T has strong links to Barbados Tridents as far as CPL goes as Keiron Pollard once the captain. T&T players who would have played for the Tridents over the years included Ravi Rampaul, Imran Khan, Rayad Emrit, Tion Webster, Akeal Hosein, and Nicolas Pooran was the last of the lot, leaving after the 2018 season.

The Tridents have chosen to retain or sign nine Caribbean players ahead of the CPL draft including the exciting all-rounder Nyeem Young as one of their emerging players.

Those retained are skipper Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Jonathan Carter, Raymon Reifer, Nyeem Young, and Justin Greaves all of Barbados. Also retained was the star of the winning 2019 campaign Hayden Walsh Jr from the Leewards and the other non-Barbadian is the St. Lucien Johnson Charles.

Speaking about the Caribbean player retentions, Holder said: “We are really excited to build on last year’s championship win and it is great that we have been able to retain the core of our squad for this season. Combined with the international players that we are planning to add to the squad we are looking forward to defending our championship.”

International retentions and signings will be announced at a later date. This year teams can retain as many players from their 2019 squads as they wish. They could also transfer players to other teams and sign emerging players.

The CPL is scheduled to take place between August 19 and 26 September, but the tournament organisers are currently watching the current situation with COVID-19 closely and are liaising with medical advisors and governments. A decision on whether the tournament can proceed as planned, or at a different time, will be made as soon as possible.