St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots – CPL 2020 Team Preview
St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots is a franchise team representing the island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean Premier League. St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots first came into CPL in the year 2015 and replaced the defunct St. Antigua Hawkbills team. The Patriots’ team is owned by City Sports. The Patriots are yet to win their maiden trophy after 5 seasons and will be keen to win their first title this year. Warner Park, Basseterre at St. Kitts is their home ground and they will miss their home ground this season as no matches take place there.
No. of seasons played: 5 (2015 to 2019)
Best Result: Runners-up in 2017 season
2019 Season result: 4th place (Lost to Trinbago Knight Riders in the Eliminator match)
Coach: Mark O`Donnell
Now, let`s analyze the team combination, squad strength, and different player options available in the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots team for the 2020 season. St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots look to end their search for CPL title this season.
Captain: Rayad Emrit
Rayad Emrit is a veteran player in the West Indian domestic ranks and has played cricket for nearly 14 years. He hails from Trinidad province and his knowledge of conditions will be very vital for the team`s victory chances this year. Rayad Emrit is a bowling all-rounder who can be a handy batsman down the order.
Batsmen: Evin Lewis, Chris Lynn, Sunny Sohal, Nick Kelly
Evin Lewis and Chris Lynn form one of the most destructive opening pair in the CPL 2020. Both players can take away the match in a matter of minutes. Sunny Sohal and Nick Kelly (replacement of Rassie Van Der Dussen) lack experience of playing in big leagues and will serve as a reserve players for the team.
All-rounders: Fabien Allen
Patriots suffered a major setback as their star all-rounder Fabien Allen is set to miss the CPL 2020 after he missed his flight to Trinidad at the last moment.
Wicket-Keepers: Denesh Ramdin, Ben Dunk, Joshua De Silva
Denesh Ramdin is expected to don the wicket-keeping gloves for the team. Ben Dunk and Joshua De Silva are expected to slot in the playing XI owing to their batting capabilities. Ben Dunk is an experienced T20 campaigner while Joshua De Silva is one of the upcoming talents in the Caribbean ranks.
Bowlers: Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Sohail Tanvir, Ish Sodhi, Dominic Drakes, Colin Archibald, Jon-Russ Jagesar, Dennis Bulli
Sheldon Cottrell and Alzarri Joseph will lead their bowling attack and they termed as the future of West Indian bowling attack. Veteran Pakistani Sohail Tanvir will further strengthen their pace bowling attack. Ish Sodhi is the only renowned spin bowler in the squad. Jon-Juss Jagesar and Dennis Bulli are the fringe spin bowlers expected to play alongside Ish Sodhi. Dominic Drakes and Colin Archibald will serve as the back-up for the strong pace bowling unit.
Expected starting XI
Rayad Emrit (C), Evin Lewis, Chris Lynn, Denesh Ramdin, Ben Dunk, Nick Kelly, Joshua De Silva, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Sohail Tanvir, Ish Sodhi
Remaining Players: Sunny Sohal, Dominic Drakes, Colin Archibald, Jon-Russ Jagesar, Dennis Bulli
St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots CPL 2020 Schedule
St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots start their campaign against Barbados Tridents in the second match of the opening day. Here is the complete schedule of the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the CPL 2020.
- Barbados Tridents vs. St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, 18 August, 05:30 PM, Brian Lara Cricket Academy
- Guyana Amazon Warriors vs. St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, 19 August, 05:30 PM, Brian Lara Cricket Academy
- St Kitts & Nevis Patriots vs. St Lucia Zouks, 22 August, 10:00 AM, Brian Lara Cricket Academy
- St Kitts & Nevis Patriots vs. Barbados Tridents, 25 August, 10:00 AM, Queen`s Park Oval
- St Lucia Zouks vs. St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, 27 August, 10:00 AM, Queen`s Park Oval
- St Kitts & Nevis Patriots vs. Jamaica Tallawahs, 29 August, 05:30 PM, Queen`s Park Oval
- St Kitts & Nevis Patriots vs. Guyana Amazon Warriors, 30 August, 05:30 PM, Queen`s Park Oval
- Trinbago Knight Riders vs. St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, 2 September, 10:00 AM, Brian Lara Cricket Academy
- Jamaica Tallawahs vs. St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, 3 September, 10:00 AM, Brian Lara Cricket Academy
- St Kitts & Nevis Patriots vs. Trinbago Knight Riders, 6 September, 10:00 AM, Brian Lara Cricket Academy
St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots CPL 2020 Prediction
St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots have a good batting line-up with the likes of Chris Lynn, Evin Lewis, and Joshua De Silva forming the top 3. However, they lack experienced back-up players in the batting department. Pace bowling is one of their stronger suits with a good mix and young and experienced players. Ish Sodhi is the lone experienced spinner in the team as they miss Fabien Allen. They also lack genuine all-rounder’s who can provide good depth and balance barring their skipper. We expect the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots to end their season in group stages itself as they have inexperienced back-up players, lack genuine all-rounders and quality spinners in their squad.
Top players to bet on:
- Sheldon Cottrell – Opening bowler
- Chris Lynn – Big-hitting opener
- Evin Lewis – Big-hitting opener
- Ish Sodhi – Right-arm leg-spinner
- Joshua De Silva – Middle order batsmen and Wicket-keeper
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