No pressure for Barbados Pride
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Barbados Pride have dismissed any idea of home pressure when they take on perennial rivals Guyana Jaguars in one of two games on the opening day of the 2017 Regional Super50 here today.
The day/night affair at Kensington Oval will bowl off at 1:30 p.m. while the other game, between Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners and Jamaica Scorpions, will get going at 9 a.m. at 3Ws Oval at the UWI Cave Hill Campus.
Pride, last year's losing finalists, are playing at home for the first time in four years, but skipper Jason Holder said he expected his side to equip themselves like professionals.
"I wouldn't say there is any added pressure. We are all professional athletes. We are accustomed playing in front crowds, albeit our own home crowd," the West Indies Test and one-day captain told media here.
Pride enter the February 24 to February 18 championship with perhaps one of the strongest teams on paper, with 12 members of their 14-man squad being current West Indies players.
They have been installed as one of the favourites to make it out of Zone B but Holder said it was critical the side executed well and performed consistently.