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The Caribbean Premier League is still in its infancy and should not be compared to the other T20 leagues around the world.

This view was expressed by captain of the Barbados Tridents, Kieron Pollard, while speaking to the media on the eve of the match between his team and the St Lucia Zouks at Kensington Oval tomorrow.

“Most of the other T20 competitions have been playing longer than the CPL which is only in its second year. Therefore, we have to give it a chance to develop before comparing it to other competitions. It provides us with the opportunity to play before our fans and give them the chance to see good and exciting cricket,” Pollard said.

The Tridents captain said he was looking forward to the game against the Zouks. He added that it was the Tridents’ intention to be good hosts and beat the Zouks tomorrow.

Pollard said that the Tridents still had some areas to work on but they were in good nick and should provide the local fans with a lot of entertainment tomorrow.

Darren Sammy, captain of the Zouks, said he expected the game between his team and the Tridents to be a good one. He recalled that his team was defeated by the Tridents in the opening game of the CPL at Kensington Oval last year and while he would not state that the Zouks were out to revenge last year’s defeat, he promised the fans it would be a very exciting match.

“We have lost all of our matches so far, but it should be noted that the teams we have played against were the Jamaica Tallawahs who won the tournament last year and the Guyana Amazon Warriors who placed second, we are hoping to turn it around against the Tridents tomorrow,” Sammy said.

When asked to comment about the decision by the Minister of Sports in Trinidad and Tobago Anil Roberts to remove the name of the twin-island republic from the Red Steel franchise, Pollard said: “I play for the Tridents.”

Sammy’s response was that he was not getting involved in off-the-field matters.

However, Antonia Graham, a senior official with the CPL, showed the members of the media a public relations release slated to be released later today that indicated the Minister of National Security in Trinidad and Tobago had given the CPL management permission to call the team Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel once more.

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