CPL Crowds Among Biggest in the World
High-flying Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel are set to play the St. Lucia Zouks this weekend in a match that is sure to highlight the best the Limacol Caribbean Premier League has to offer as the home team continues to look for their first victory.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel coach, Australian, Simon Helmot, has been hugely impressed by the spectacle of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League, comparing it to the other great cricket tournaments across the world. He said; “The fervour and passion of the crowds at the CPL this year has been amazing. The crowds are very expectant and it makes for wonderful atmosphere to play in so we want to make them proud and put on a good show every time we walk on to the pitch.”
When asked how the atmosphere at the games compares to other Twenty20 tournaments he has participated in, he had this to say; “Partying and excitement seems to come more naturally to cricket fans in the Caribbean, so when we play at the Queens Park Oval, 20,000 fans make as much noise as 100,000 fans at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) in Australia.”
After their best performance of the tournament so far last night, St. Lucia Zouks coach, Matthew Maynard, said that, despite not being able to qualify anymore for the knockout stages, his team is playing for pride this weekend in front of the famous ‘Zouker’ fans.
St. Lucia Zouks coach, Matthew Maynard said; “The crowd last night was magnificent and helped the team put in by far its best performance with bat and ball so far. We bowled with more aggression than we have done in the tournament and in fact, we took more wickets in that game than all our previous matches combined. We are very disappointed that we couldn’t get over the line against the Tridents but we hope to bring that level of intensity to our upcoming games.”
The St. Lucia Zouks have back-to-back home games this weekend at the Beausejour Cricket Grounds against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel on Saturday at 4pm and the Antigua Hawksbills on Sunday at 4pm.
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