Kolkata Knigh Riders’ Caribbean contingent along with head coach Brendon McCullum have landed in UAE for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Among players – Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Chris Green have joined the team.
All the three players along with McCullum recently took part in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which ended earlier this week. Under the coaching of McCullum, Trinbago Knight Riders beat St Lucia Zouks to win the title. Narine was also a part of the side.
On the other hand, Russell and Green plied their trade for Jamaica Tallawahs and Guyana Amazon Warriors respectively. Russell and Narine are an indispensable part of the KKR side while Green is gearing up for his maiden season in the IPL. KKR took to YouTube to post a video of the players and the head coach joining them in UAE.
Here is the clip:
Since the quarantine rules are mandatory in Abu Dhabi where KKR is based, the players and the head coach will have to be in six-day quarantine. They will join the team only after they return negative tests. But with KKR to start their season on September 23, all the players are likely to be available for selection from the first game onward provided they don’t test positive for COVID-19.
As far as their performance in CPL 2020 is concerned, all the players did make their mark. In the absence of Shoaib Malik, Green took charge of the Amazon Warriors and led them to the semi-finals. He came into the tournament with a reworked action and picked up 9 wickets while conceding at a rate of just 5.68.
Russell stuck three half-centuries, including a 28-ball 54 against Barbados Tridents. He finished the competition with 222 runs in eight innings at a strike rate of 141.40.
Narine had a fine outing too although he missed as many as seven games due to kidney stones and injury. He started the tournament in grand fashion with back-to-back half-centuries at the top. With the ball, he showed glimpses of his prime as he spun the ball both ways with a reworked action, hiding the ball behind his back during his run-up.