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Playing in Trinidad is going to be amazing - Brendon McCullum

Playing in Trinidad is going to be amazing - Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum believes CPL has gained popularity over the years.
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Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, who is representing the Trinbago Knight Riders in the 2016 Caribbean Premier League feels that playing in Trinidad is going to be an amazing experience for him.

The upcoming season in the CPL will be the first stint in the history of tournament for McCullum, who is the fourth highest run-getter in the T20 format.

McCullum believes that the ability of the CPL to attract star players from all around the world has increased its stature among the global T20 leagues.

"Every team has got good players in the CPL and I think that’s probably a mark of the tournament that it’s attracting the world’s best players combined with the Caribbean’s best players as well.

"I think that’s a great sign for the tournament in general that it’s becoming a global attraction for all of the players around the world.”

Defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders kick off their title defence with a game against St Lucia Zouks in the tournament opener on 29th June.

Expecting a tough encounter against the St Lucia Zouks, McCullum affirmed that the Trinbago Knight Riders will play entertaining cricket in the 2016 CPL.

"It’s going to be a tough game (against St. Lucia Zouks), but they’re all going to be tough games so from our point of view we’ve got a good team as well.

"So we’ve got to go out there and play in the style and the manner which gives us the most amount of satisfaction and hopefully we win the game."

The CPL is popularly called as the “biggest party in sport” and it is known for its vibrant atmosphere with large crowds thronging to the stadiums to witness the games.

Stating that he has heard about the immense crowd support the Trinbago Knight Riders enjoy, McCullum is eager to witness it at Queen’s Park Oval during the home games.

"You play in empty stadiums and they lack that intensity and emotion, which is what you want to be playing in front of.

"As an international cricketer you want to be playing in front of crowds that are passionate and against the best in the world.

"Playing here in Trinidad is going to be amazing, and playing in front of that crowd is going to be amazing as well.

"As (Dwayne) Bravo said, it’s going to be like our 12th, 13th and 14th man on the field and I’m looking forward to experiencing that too.

"I heard it (Queen’s Park Oval) is an amazing place to play, when they’re on your side!

"I’ve only played against them here and it wasn’t quite as much fun!”

Trinbago Knight Riders will play their first four matches at home at Queen’s Park Oval and will then embark on the away-leg of their CPL campaign.

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