CPL 2021: Barbados Tridents Releases Rashid Khan But Retains Nine Players

The Barbados Tridents had earlier announced their Caribbean Premier League 2021 (CPL 2021) retention. Even though Barbados Tridents managed to let go of 8 players, including Chad and Rashid Khan, they were able to retain nine other players for the Caribbean Premier League 2021.

The Barbados Trident is a two-times champion in the Caribbean Premier league. They made their retention decision before the 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier Leagues editions. Therefore, Barbados Tridents fans are looking forward to the many changes in the coming season. The CPL 2021 schedule was released and all seasons will begin on the 28th of August 2021 in Nevis and St. Kitts, that is after an extremely busy schedule with home matches featuring; Pakistan, Australia, and South Africa.

The Barbados tridents players welcomed back Jason Holder, the Barbados tridents captain. Jason Holder is the globe’s top rated test all-rounder. The squad also welcomed other Barbadians, Joshua Bishop, Kyle Mayers, Shai Hope, Justin Greaves, Raymon Reifer, and Nyeem Young.

Apart from the local contingent, the Barbados Tridents team managed to retain Hayden Walsh Jr., the leg spinner. Hayden Walsh was Triden’s player in the tournament that won the Caribbean Premier League title in 2019. The Barbados tridents team also managed to retain the opening batsman that is Johnson Charles. Therefore, Johnson Charles is part of the Barbados tridents final squad.

Barbados Tridents Co-CEO Kailash Pardasani said that the team is super excited to welcome back all the retained players and is extremely looking forward to making all Trident’s fans very proud in the 2021 season. He went ahead and stated that “the team’s primary driving feature this season is the whole Barbados Family which consists of the fans, players’ extended family, and the players themselves. Pardasani also stated that apart from the Trident’s family, the love and passion for cricket will ensure they come victorious in the CPL 2021 session.”

The retained Barbados Tridents players include; Nyeem Young, Johnson Charles, Jason Holder, Kyle Mayers, Shai Hope, Hayden Walsh Jr, Joshua Bishop, Justin Greaves, and Raymon Reifer.

The released Barbados Tridents include; Mitchell Santner, Corey Anderson, Rashid Khan, Ashley Nurse, Shamarh Brooks, Jonathan Carter, Shayan Jahangir, and Keon Harding.

Even though Rashid Khan was Barbados Trident leading Wicket-taker in the previous session, he was still let go. In the previous session, he managed to take eleven wickets in all his ten matches with 6.85 as an economy rate. Furthermore, Rashid Khan also proved to be very efficient with a bat.

Even though in 2019 Barbados Tridents won the game, in 2020, they did not. Barbados Tridents managed to get to the 5th position falling behind from their 2019 position. In addition, Rashid Khan is among the world’s leading bowlers; he ranked at T20.

The reason that Barbados Tridents want new faces could be because of the previous year’s performance. Jason-Holder, captain of the Tridents, led the team to only three wins of the ten matches. Thus, the team administrators saw it fit to let go of some players. The decision was made to improve their statistics and win back the championships they won in 2019.

Shamarh Brooks and Corey Anderson did not have a good season the previous. Therefore, it was not surprising for them to be let go as Rashid Khan. The Afghan leg spinner Rashid Khan can be considered an extremely successful bowler for the Barbados Tridents. 

Mitchelle Santner, an all-rounder for the Barbados Tridents, also performed a very good job the last season; sadly, he was also let go. He managed to amass 145 runs at a mean of 48.33 while at the same time at a 5.59 economy rate; he managed to pick six wickets. Most avid fans are waiting patiently to see who will replace Mitchelle Santner and Rashid Khan. Ahead of the 2021 season, the team has about eight positions to fill.

Many fans are eagerly waiting to see who will fill the positions of the released players as they wait eagerly for the session to begin. Furthermore, many were also disappointed by Rashid Khan’s pink slip. Therefore, the predictions for the upcoming sessions are currently uncertain. More so, many are eager to see whether Barbados Tridents will be able to retain their championship title. 

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