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McCullum feels CPL will play a significant role in developing West Indies cricket

Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum feels that the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will play a huge role in developing cricket in the West Indies.

McCullum is currently playing for defending champions the Trinbago Knight Riders in the 2016 CPL.

Though they are in with a chance to secure a play-off berth, McCullum knows that the Trinbago Knight Riders have some hard work to do in the upcoming fixtures to cement their place for the knockout stages.

“So far, on the points table, we are sitting relatively poised,” McCullum told Cricket World.

“We have a bit of a hard work in the next few games.

“You look at the squad and you look at the personalities and the franchise as a whole, we are born to fight so we will give ourselves a good chance in the next few games.”

Stating that he is glad to be a part of the CPL, McCullum expressed his amazement at the quality of the local talent and believes that the tournament will be quite beneficial for West Indies cricket in the long run.

“I am really enjoying the tournament.

“It is something completely unique.

“You bounce between these islands and experience different cultures.

“The bringing together of different ethnicities to one group and doing it in the Caribbean with such a relaxed environment, it has been brilliant.

“The games have been really well attended. I am sure it is the same on TV.

“The tournament has got some of the best players in the world.

“The local talent is mind blowing.

“I think a tournament like the CPL, what it will do for the local talent in the West Indies cricket for the long term will be quite significant.

“I am glad to be a part of it.”

The CPL now shifts to Florida where its final leg will be played prior to the knockout stages and McCullum, having played two Twenty20 Internationals in Lauderhill in 2010, is no stranger to the conditions.

The 34-year-old is aware of the challenges posed by the different conditions but is very happy to play a part in taking the game of cricket to the United States of America.

“That will be something different again.

“I have played here (in Florida) twice before.

“That is going to present a different challenge again in terms of surfaces and conditions.

“It is fantastic to be able to take the game to the states (USA), with such a huge expat following.

“Hopefully, it goes well and hopefully TKR can get a couple of wins as well to consolidate our position in the semis.”

Trinbago Knight Riders are currently placed third in the points table with four wins from eight games and they will kick start the Florida leg of the tournament with the game against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Friday.

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