The Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) expecting to reach the knockout stage of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20, will host a practice match at the venue for the knockout the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba.
Manager of the team Colin Borde told Guardian Media yesterday that everything is on course and three warm-up matches will be played heading into their first game against the St. Lucia Stars in St. Lucia.
“So far everything is on course to have a great preparation segment leading into the tournament. The players all expected to arrive in Trinidad by July 27. As a matter of fact some of the foreign players are already en-route to Trinidad and when everyone assembles, we will have a camp before leaving for the first game.
“It is important that new coach Simon Katich gets a good look at his players, so we have carded three warm-up matches before we leave. One of those matches will be played at the Brian Lara Academy because we want to get the experience of playing at the new facility.” All TKR’s home matches will be played at the Queen’s Park Oval but Borde is looking ahead. “We are looking to get into the next phase which will be played at the Lara Academy and as such we have a warm-up match at the venue. Everything seems to be falling in place nicely and we want the players to be ready as they can be for that opening match against the Stars.”
Borde who has been with the team since its inception has played a key role in moulding a good team and even enjoyed success back in 2015, when the T&T Red Steel, as they were known then lifted the title with a win over Barbados in the finals at the Queen’s Park Oval.