St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (SKNP) in CPL

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots is the first amongst the expansion teams in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), as it came into existence only in the third season of the T20 league. The franchise is funded by St Kitts and Nevis government and the local business community. Their start to the tournament was not that great as the team finished last in their first two seasons but then made significant improvement in the subsequent year by playing the final. Since then, they have had decent seasons and by the looks of it, they are going for the kill this time in the CPL 2020 season.

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With big overseas signings like Chris Lynn, Sohail Tanvir, and Ish Sodhi, they have bolstered the squad in a way that makes them one of the top contenders to lift the title this time around. Led by the veteran medium-fast bowler, Rayad Emrit, the squad of St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in CPL 2020 looks to be one of the most formidable ones. Alzari Joseph, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, and Ben Dunk would be the other players in the squad who will be expected to do the job for the franchise this time around. It would be interesting to see how this new-look team fares this time around and whether they will be able to lift the trophy for the first time or not.

SWOT Analysis for SKNP Team 2020

With the SWOT analysis, it will become easier to understand the team standings in CPL 2020. Players looking to play CPL fantasy 2020 must check these stats and build their team accordingly.

Strengths of SKNP

On paper, there is hardly a better and well-settled team than the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in CPL 2020, as it has the perfect mix of batsmen, bowlers, and all-rounders. Furthermore, the power-packed opening pair of Evin Lewis and Chris Lynn can dismantle any bowling unit on their day, which should give the team enough confidence for good starts every time they step on to the pitch.

Weaknesses of SKNP

The non-availability of Rassie van der Dussen due to the Coronavirus lockdown in South Africa has disrupted the balance of the batting order of the squad. As a result, the middle order looks slightly fragile and vulnerable, especially during an event of testing conditions both physically and psychologically. Furthermore, the lack of a quality spin bowler to partner Ish Sodhi can prove costly during the middle overs.

Opportunities for SKNP

With probably the most balanced side in the tournament, this is a great opportunity for St Kitts & Nevis Patriots to finally go all the way this time around. Furthermore, it is also a great opportunity for the captain of the team, Rayad Emrit, to end his career on a high note, as this might very well be the last tournament for the 39-year old.

Threats for SKNP

Just like many other teams in the past, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in CPL too can have a season where they looked the most promising side but ended up underperforming heavily. To avoid this, they will have to take one game at a time and not be overconfident about the strength of their squad.

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots Squad 2020

Rayad Emrit (C), Dominic Drakes, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Denesh Ramdin, Alzarri Joseph, Chris Lynn, Ben Dunk, Sohail Tanvir, Rassie van der Dussen, Ish Sodhi, Dennis Bulli, Joshua Da Silva, Colin Archibald, Jon-Russ Jaggesar and Sunny Sohal.

Probable XI

Rayad Emrit (C), Evin Lewis, Chris Lynn, Fabian Allen, Dominic Drakes, Denesh Ramdin, Alzarri Joseph, Ben Dunk, Sohail Tanvir, Ish Sodhi and Sheldon Cottrell.

Team Rating

SKNP Team Rating: 9/10

Record in Previous Seasons

Year

Position

2013

DNP

2014

DNP

2015

6th

2016

6th

2017

2nd

2018

3rd

2019

4th

Latest News

Malolan Rangarajan, the former Tamil Nadu bowling all-rounder from India, has been appointed the assistant coach of St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in CPL 2020. The 31-year old had hung up his boots earlier than usual and was appointed as the head of scouting at the IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. Furthermore, Rassie van der Dussen is no longer available to participate this season due to the national lockdown in South Africa. St Kitts & Nevis Patriots will play their first match against Barbados Tridents on August 19.

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