St Lucia Zouks (SLZ) in CPL

The St Lucia Zouks (formerly known as St Lucia Stars) is a team that represents the island country of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Led by Darren Sammy, the team has been a part of the tournament right from the inaugural season of 2013 in which they won just 4 matches out of the 10 in the league stage, finishing last. It would not be unfair to say that it has been the most underperforming franchise over the course of 7 seasons. Their best season came in 2016 when the team finished 3rd in the table. The franchise of St Lucia Stars was axed in August 2019 but came back as St. Lucia Zouks a month later to remain a part of the CPL.

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The squad of St Lucia Zouks in CPL 2020 looks quite good this season with the likes of Andre Fletcher, Mohammad Nabi, Kesrick Williams, and Rakheem Cornwall. However, they will miss players like Rilee Rossouw and Anrich Nortje due to the national lockdown in South Africa. It would be interesting to see how the team shapes up without them. Furthermore, during the recently concluded auction, the franchise picked up 15-year old Afghanistan player Noor Ahmad, making him one of the youngest players to get signed by a T20 franchise in world cricket. Having never won the league, the new St. Lucia Zouks squad will be hoping to come up with better performances this time around.

SWOT Analysis for SLZ Team 2020

The detailed SWOT analysis of the SLZ team given below will help to understand the team better for CPL 2020. This analysis will be of extreme help to the players who are looking to play the CPL fantasy 2020 as it will help them to build their dream team in a more informed way.

Strengths of SLZ

The strength of the current squad lies in the fact that they have a core of 4 players in the shape of Darren Sammy, Andre Fletcher, Kesrick Williams and Mohammad Nabi, around which they can build the rest of the team. With all four of them having enough experience in this format, they should be able to guide the youngsters in the team.

Weaknesses of SLZ

With no real outright match-winner in the squad, the team does lack that bite which is crucial in this format. Adding to their woes is the fact that their two biggest stars, Riley Rossouw and Anrich Nortje, would not be available this season due to the lockdown in the country, further reducing the quality of the squad.

Opportunities for SLZ

Darren Sammy, a two-time T20 World Cup-winning captain with the national team of West Indies, will be hoping to bring the same fortune to the franchise from his home island nation. With this new-look team, the team does have the opportunity to lose the tag of the worst performers in the tournament. The biggest opportunity will be for the 15-year old kid from Afghanistan, Noor Ahmad, to show the world his mettle and probably get a national call-up.

Threats for SLZ

The lack of top-class performances in the previous seasons can come back to haunt St Lucia Zouks in CPL 2020 as well. As a result, the team can lack confidence, especially during those deciding moments that can determine the outcome of the match.

St Lucia Zouks 2020 Squad

Darren Sammy (C), Kimani Melius, Andre Fletcher, Kesrick Williams, Obed McCoy, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kavem Hodge, Mohammad Nabi, Chemar Holder, Rilee Rossouw, Anrich Nortje, Mark Deyal, Noor Ahmad, Leniko Boucher, Javelle Glen and Saad Bin Zafar.

Probable XI

Darren Sammy (C), Kimani Melius, Andre Fletcher, Leniko Boucher, Rahkeem Cornwall, Mohammad Nabi, Chemar Holder, Mark Deyal, Kesrick Williams, Obed McCoy and Noor Ahmed

Team Rating

  • SLZ Team Rating: 7/10

Record in Previous Seasons

Year

Position

2013

6th

2014

5th

2015

5th

2016

3rd

2017

6th

2018

5th

2019

5th

Latest News

It was recently revealed that the South African players would not be available due to the national lockdown announced in their country due to the Coronavirus pandemic. As a result, St Lucia Zouks would be without the likes of Riley Rossouw and Anrich Nortje. The franchise will be playing their first match against Jamaica Tallawahs on August 19.

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