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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.

Trinbago Knight Riders
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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 Rajeev Singh, Lloyd Rangiah
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 2 (2015, 2017)
Official website: http://www.tkriders.com/
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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.

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HistoryEdit

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

SquadEdit

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name[6] Nat Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batsmen
42 Brendon McCullum   (1981-09-27) 27 September 1981 (age 36) Right Right-arm medium Marquee Player
1 Hashim Amla   (1983-03-31) 31 March 1983 (age 35) Right Right-arm medium International
46 Darren Bravo   (1989-02-06) 6 February 1989 (age 29) Left Right-arm medium-fast Local franchise player
All-rounders
47 Dwayne Bravo   (1983-10-07) 7 October 1983 (age 34) Right Right-arm medium-fast Local franchise player/Captain
82 Colin Munro   (1987-04-11) 11 April 1987 (age 31) Left Right-arm medium International franchise player
20 Kevon Cooper   (1989-02-02) 2 February 1989 (age 29) Right Right-arm medium Local franchise player
7 Shadab Khan   (1998-10-04) 4 October 1998 (age 19) Right Right-arm leg break International franchise player
74 Sunil Narine   (1988-05-26) 26 May 1988 (age 29) Left Right-arm Off Break Local franchise player
53 Mehidy Hasan Miraz   (1997-10-25) 25 October 1997 (age 20) Right Right-arm Off Break Overseas
Wicket-keepers
40 Denesh Ramdin   (1985-04-13) 13 April 1985 (age 33) Right Local franchise player
40 William Perkins   (1986-10-08) 8 October 1986 (age 31) Right Local franchise player
61 Hamza Tariq   (1990-07-21) 21 July 1990 (age 27) Right ICC Americas Player
Bowlers
62 Nikita Miller   (1982-05-16) 16 May 1982 (age 35) Right Left-arm Slow Local franchise player
63 Javon Searles   (1986-12-21) 21 December 1986 (age 31) Right Right-arm medium-fast Local franchise player
86 Yasir Shah   (1986-05-02) 2 May 1986 (age 31) Right Right-arm Leg break Shadab Khan's replacement
87 Anderson Phillip   (1996-08-22) 22 August 1996 (age 21) Right Right-arm medium-fast U-19 Player
88 Ronsford Beaton   (1992-09-08) 8 September 1992 (age 25) Right Right-arm fast Local franchise player
99 Khary Pierre   (1992-06-22) 22 June 1992 (age 25) Left Slow left arm orthodox Local franchise player

Home groundEdit

 
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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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Simon Katich to coach Trinbago Knight Riders". news.com.au. 17 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b ESPN Sports Media. "KKR owners buy stake in CPL franchise T&T Red Steel". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Caribbean Premier League, Final: Barbados Tridents v Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel at Port of Spain, Jul 26, 2015". www.espncricinfo.com. ESPN. 26 July 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ "No More Red Steel: T&T Knight Riders takes over CPL franchise". The Trinidad Guardian Newspaper. 
  5. ^ "Large Indian-origin fan base made T&T attractive - Mysore". 
  6. ^ "Caribbean Premier League squads finalised". Cricinfo. ESPN. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 

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