Historic meeting of Hero CPL teams in Florida
The first game that will take place in the historic Florida leg of the Hero CPL will see the Barbados Tridents take on the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the Trident’s Shoaib Malik feels that conditions should be great for some excellent cricket.
“The wicket is not very different to what we have been playing on in the Hero CPL. I don’t really see much difference but today was my first day that I have practiced on these pitches, but these are good pitches and I must give credit to the curators and groundsmen. I think it is going to be great fun for us and for the American people.”
There is very clearly an appetite for high quality cricket in the USA and Shoaib is looking forward to a big crowd at the Lauderhill ground.
“As a cricketer I would want to see people coming and obviously the huge community from India and Pakistan live here and I am sure they are going to turn up and are going to make these games very entertaining. I would request them, we are only here for a week, please come to the ground and support all of the teams.”
The Tridents go into the Florida matches still uncertain of qualification and Shoaib says they are just going to take one match at a time as they look to secure a spot at finals week in St Kitts & Nevis.
“We are not looking forward to two games, we are going to take it match by match, but obviously these are very important games for us. If we win both the games we should be able to go to the playoffs. Our priority is to win match by match and see what comes.
“We haven’t played against Guyana this season but we have seen they have quality cricketers in their team so it is going to be a battle between two good teams.”
UPCOMING LAUDERHILL FIXTURES (all times local): 28 July – Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents (7pm), 29 July – St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Trinbago Knight Riders (7pm), 30 July – St. Lucia Zouks v Jamaica Tallawahs (midday), Barbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors (4pm), 31 July – Trinbago Knight Riders v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (midday), Jamaica Tallawahs v St. Lucia Zouks (4pm).