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Pollard: Williamson, Riaz key to Tridents’ success

News day / The Tridents lost one of the world’s best T20 players in South African AB de Villiers this season, while his countryman Robin Peterson, will also not line up for the Tridents this year. Pollard believes the signing of Williamson and Riaz can help the Tridents push for their second CPL title.

“In place of them we have our marque player in Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, and we have the fast bowler Wahab Riaz,” Pollard said.

“We all see what Kane does on the international scene, he is a world class player and leader of the New Zealand team. Wahab Riaz demolished us (West Indies) here in the Caribbean a couple months ago, so we have added that firepower to our team.” The Tridents captain is also glad to have the ex-Barbados and West Indies aggressive duo of opener Dwayne Smith and fast bowler Tino Best in the squad.

The Tridents, winners of the 2014 edition, finished fifth among the six teams after the preliminary round in 2016 and failed to advance to the second phase of the tournament. Pollard said his team is aiming to make amends.

“I am looking forward to it.

The Barbados Tridents did not do well last year, the first year out of the four years we did not qualify for the second round. Obviously we are looking to put that right. Firstly trying to get into the top four, see how the tournament goes and try to go all the way.” Pollard said he has been staying fit in Trinidad recently, while his teammates have started a camp in Barbados. “I have been doing some physical training while I’ve been home, and camp has started in Barbados. I am doing my physical work in between and I played in the (Powerade) Central T20 tournament recently to get some batting practice.”

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