Five Reasons the Jamaica Tallawahs will win CPL 2017

With just about two weeks to go before the Finals of the Caribbean Premier League 2017 at the new Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad many cricket pundits and fans may be of the view that the Trinidad Knight Riders have this cup in the bag.

But not so fast, there is a guy called Paul Nixon teaming up with a player called Kumar Sangakkara and together they have a young brilliant team called the Tallawahs who like Muralitaharan on a Galle pitch can wipe out the best of teams.

The boys from Jamaica have won the CPL on two occasions; 2013 (inaugural) as well as 2016 and if you’re a true Cricket supporter you must have noticed five things which will indicate that the Tallawahs are going to defend their title in 2017.

  1. Paul Nixon — The veteran

If there ever was a veteran with a big heart for the Game matched by his talent, ability & skill it’s Paul Nixon the Tallawahs Coach. Paul Nixon is a former English cricketer who played for Leicestershire, England, MCC and Kent as a wicket-keeper batsman. For years Paul stood behind the stumps as a seasoned campaigner while he batted for hours to ensure Leicestershire as well as England victory . Few players could boast of his success in the county circuit. He announced that he would play his final game of professional cricket at Grace Road against Kent on 6 August 2011 in a T20 quarter final, which meant his team would be in the final had they won. Nixon managed to score 31 of 17 to take his team to the final which he also ensured Leicestershire won. So Paul Nixon knows how to win but he also knows the intricacies of the field which he will no doubt pass on to his players. One of Paul’s maresources to the Tallawahs is his commitment and dedication. During matches you can see Paul making a note of every single delivery regardless if the Tallawahs are batting or fielding. There is no doubt the Jamaica Tallawahs has the best coach in the Tournament who will lead them to victory.

2) Kumar Sangakkara — the master

If there is anyone who deserves the title master it is Kumar Sangakkara. For years this legend has graced the cricket field with his elegant shots and eloquent language whether it’s for Sri Lanka or Surrey. Kumar is in a class of his own as he has mastered four artforms ; classy batsman, best wicket Keeper of the Game, innovative captain & team motivator. Combine all of the above and there is no doubt Kumar Sangakkara would be holding the CPL 2017 cup

3) Deadliest Opening Combination —

Nevis might think it has an explosive duo with Gayle and Lewis at the top. But in Phillips and Simmons you have a powerhouse. Both have demonstrated spikes of Glory but you just know that they are better than that and very soon they will both compile two massive knocks together.

4) Innovative Middleorder -

In Andrew McCarthy and Rovman Powell you have two future world stars. McCarthy reminds you of Ricky Ponting when he now came into the Game while you get this Ian Botham feeling from Rovman. Trust me in a final at 50 for 3 these guys can chase down 200 in 20 overs.

5) Bowling attack of heart

In a few years the West Indies could be back to the days of Walsh and Ambrose if Odean Smith & Kesrick Williams remain on track. In these two young fast bowlers you have a lot of heart but it is equally matched by pace and skill. Defending a low score these guys will get you the wickets

But all of these elements are not possible without the Team Spirit that the Jamaica has displayed throughout this tournament. They have operated as a unit and credit must given to guys like Foo and Mathurin who have also been blessed with the addition of Mahamdullah. The Tallawahs may have lost some big names this season but they are not short on skill. They have enough talent to win CPL 2017

Nicholas Morris

Former Commonwealth Youth Ambassador Trinidad and Tobago

Youth Prime Minister Trinidad and Tobago

Former Director of the Cricket for Life Foundation.

Chairman Trinidad Commonwealth Conservative Movement.