Cricketer takes a look at Royals setup ahead of new CPL campaign
Coach: Trevor Penney
Captain: Jason Holder
Abroad: Quinton De Kock, David Miller, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Azam Khan, Corbin Bosch
Last season: Sixth
How did they do last year?
Disappointing is the best term to describe the season as a whole. There were occasional glimpses of encouragement, but performances were disappointing and a lack of wickets taken meant that opposition batters frequently produced big innings which kept games away from the Royals.
Kyle Mayers and Glenn Phillips showed promise and produced scores well above par but, with inconsistencies from the rest of the batting department and scanty returns with the ball, Barbados underdelivered.
Barbados Royals hope for better performance in 2022 [Getty Images/CPL]
Who are their key players?
There has been a complete overhaul of overseas signings. Hayden Walsh Jr will look to take over the wrist department in the absence of Jake Lintott. With strong comebacks in the recent home series against Bangladesh, Walsh will be looking to build on his momentum to give Barbados a hard-hitting start.
David Miller is probably the Royals’ most important player. His hitting game will allow flexibility in the Royals’ batting lineup. The bowling offense hasn’t necessarily been bolstered, so avoiding totals like the 93 they posted against the Trinbago Knight Riders in 2021 will be crucial.
The responsibility for building a round will fall to Quinton de Kock. The loss of Glenn Phillips and Johnson Charles, the Royals’ two top scorers of last season, underscores the need for runs at the top of the list. It will fall to de Kock and Miller to ensure Rakheem Cornwall and Azam Khan have an impact in the second half of the game.
What are their greatest strengths?
The spin battery offers the Royals greatest strength before the tournament. Joshua Bishop has shown promising signs in the four appearances he has made collecting six wickets with a best of 3 for 20 against Jamaica Tallawahs while Hayden Walsh Jr is also a handy operator. Mujeeb ur Rahman’s experience in the CPL will also prove useful for the team’s bowling offense given his ability to play at various points in the innings.
Mujeeb will not be available for the entire tournament, with Irishman Harry Tector partially replacing him.
Jason Holder is captain of Barbados again [Getty Images/CPL]
Where could they have a weakness?
The team’s lack of experienced tailors could make them vulnerable. Losing the likes of Thisara Perera, Mohammed Amir and Chris Morris will be a challenge, although there is an opportunity to stand out.
Chances of reaching the final stages?
The Royals’ hopes of reaching the final stages hinge on returns from pace bowlers. Many of last year’s best performances came from the rotational ranks and if players like Oshane Thomas can do some damage, a place in the bottom four is a very realistic possibility.
Eleven strongest: Kyle Mayers, Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Azam Khan, Rahkeem Cornwall, Hayden Walsh Jr, Joshua Bishop, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Oshane Thomas, Nyeem Young, Obed McCoy
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