The Barbados Tridents’ Best Overseas Players
The Barbados Tridents have many really good players from abroad represent them over the years. Steven Smith of Australia and Kane Williamson of New Zealand were with them briefly, but these players’ stints were longer.
Pakistan all-rounder has brought a lot to the party for the Barbados Tridents, with bat and ball, over the years. His role with the willow has definitely taken precedent over his spin-bowling and the right-hander is one of only three players to score over 1,000 runs for the franchise. He is a big star in the Caribbean and would likely feature in any CPL Dream11.
South African batsman JP Duminy sports plenty of experience in global T20 tournaments. He played in the Indian Premier League and captained Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League. His many T20 domestic franchises includes the Tridents. He played a dozen matches for them in Hero CPL 2019, when the franchise also added Peter Lalor.
AB de Villiers
South African batsman AB de Villiers is among the greatest batsmen in the history of world cricket. He has been quite selective about who he plays for since retiring from international cricket. The Tridents were his choice for the CPL 2016, when he hit two 50s and averaged just under 60 in the Caribbean.
England batsman Alex Hales has never quite been able to nail down a permanent spot in his country’s ODI or T20I team but has been a popular figure in the PSL, Mzansi Super League and other T20 tournaments around the world. Hales, like Duminy, played 12 matches for the Tridents in CPL 2019. Leniko Boucher would have gained a lot of insight after being in the same Tridents XI as Hales.
Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz is arguably one of the best left-arm seamers in the game. He is nearing the twilight of his career, but has entertained thousands of fans over the years. Few will forget his tussle with Shane Watson during the 2015 World Cup. Riaz has been Barbados’ most prolific overseas bowler.
South African all-rounder Wayne Parnell, like Riaz, brought left-arm variation to the Tridents’ bowling attack. Parnell played for the franchise in 2016-2017. He no longer plays international cricket, but has been an important player for Worcestershire in the T20 Blast in the United Kingdom.
Every good T20 team needs a solid spinner. The Tridents had that in South African left-armer Robin Peterson, who has since gone on to coach cricket at domestic level with the Warriors in South Africa. Peterson averaged more than one wicket per match for Barbados across 15 fixtures. More recently, the Tridents have Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane.
From the Big Bash League in Australia to the Indian Premier League and other parts of the world, Harry Gurney has been a good recruit for several franchises, including the Barbados Tridents. He played a dozen white-ball fixturs for England in 2014, but nothing since. Roshon Primus would have learnt a lot from being in the same Tridents attack as Gurney.