This being the opening fixture of the season, it’s difficult to predict with accuracy how these teams would fare. What we do know is that the Tallawahs will be hoping to do better than last year when they were losing semi-finalists after finishing fourth in the group.
Jamaica’s main weapon will, of course, be their veteran allrounder and franchised cricket specialist Andre Russell.
The 2021 rendition of Jamaica are without Sandeep Lamichhane and Mujeeb ur Rahman. In their place, the team has signed Chris Green and Qais Ahmad.
Last year, Jamaica had the services of hard-hitting Pakistan batsman Asif Ali, who had an extremely underwhelming campaign. As a result, they have replaced him with compatriot Haider Ali, who is a like-for-like replacement, as in he can hit with devastating fashion but is also highly inconsistent.
Another useful signing is Pakistan’s Imad Wasim, who does a bit of everything.
St Lucia Zouks
While Trinbago Knight Riders were clearly the best team last season, St Lucia were the best of the rest as they made the final but lost. Overall, they won six of their 10 matches last year, and finished third in the group.
St Lucia underwent a leadership change during the offseason, with South Africa’s Faf du Plessis replacing Darren Sammy as the captain.
Adding more depth to St Lucia’s roster are Samit Patel and Tim David, overseas options that frequent T20 leagues. Patel has been everywhere, whereas David was a revelation in the Pakistan Super League 2021 a few months ago and is known to be a powerful hitter of the cricket ball.
Keemo Paul and Alzarri Joseph are among St Lucia’s local recruits. Their seam bowling should be enough to make up for the loss of New Zealand’s Scott Kuggeleijn, who was a wicket machine last season.