AB de Villiers "excited" about starting new Hero CPL chapter with Barbados Tridents
Barbados Tridents star batsman AB de Villiers has admitted his excitement about beginning a new chapter in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tonight against Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) at Queen’s Park Oval (9pm) and the South African says that the fire inside still burns bright as ever to impress.
Speaking to broadcaster Mark Butcher on the eve of his CPL debut against TKR - which you can download in full HERE - the 32-year-old prolific run-scorer across all three formats of the game said the he is determined to
“I have watched CPL over the last few years and it looks like a lot of fun. I love touring here. I have fond memories of my first away tour with South Africa in 2005 and every tour since then I've really enjoyed so much.
“When a window of opportunity came for us to join in, it was a very easy answer for me to come and join over here. If you hit that reset button all the time, and keep challenging yourself (to) try to get better at what you do. I still love what I do...I still have a lot of pride in my performances and like performing every time I play.
“I'm nervous again! It's the start of a new season at the CPL, a new chapter and the butterflies are going again of wanting to perform, wanting to impress. So I don't think that will ever go away. I don't see myself as a big player or an ambassador, but I do have responsibilities to make the game bigger, or bigger than it already is because it's so huge, and to make sure that people around the world keep getting that message that it's such a fantastic sport to be a part of.
“I get opportunities to play with guys like (Kieron) Pollard and some really standout players. Some of my local as well (such as) Robin Peterson, Wayne Parnell and Dave Wiese are also here and to get to know some of the youngsters in the team as well and to hopefully have a good influence on their careers in a way.
“All in all, it's a very exciting chapter in my career opening up again and I know I'll enjoy every second of it and have a few impactful innings for the team."
Ticket Information: Tickets for tonight’s Hero Caribbean Premier League game between Trinbago Knight Riders against Barbados Tridents in the Queen’s Park Oval (9pm) have now sold out. Fans are reminded not to bring coolers, large bags or glass as they will not be allowed into the stadium. Also, CPL organisers are urging fans not to buy tickets from unofficial sources, especially print-at-home tickets. Supporters can buy online for all Hero CPL matches at www.cplt20.com.
If you missed out on tickets for tonight’s game and Saturday’s against Guyana Amazon Warriors (9pm) which is also a sell-out, tickets for TKR’s last home game against a Jamaica Tallawahs squad who are set to include the likes of international stars Chris Gayle, Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Kumar Sangakkara and Dale Steyn (Monday, 7pm) are still available. Book early on www.cplt20.com and from the Queen’s Park Oval Ticket Office to avoid disappointment.
TICKETS: Tickets for all other CPL fixtures in the Caribbean and Florida are on sale now from www.cplt20.com.
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