Andre Russell to captain Jamaica Tallawahs at Hero CPL 2018
Andre Russell will captain the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Russell recently returned to cricket following a 12-month suspension.
He says he cannot wait to get started in the tournament.
“It’s a good feeling, honestly, I missed out last year due to the one-year suspension. I’m looking forward to it, not just looking forward to playing but looking forward to being the captain for the Jamaica Tallawahs, as well as looking forward to doing a good job,".
“We have a very good, balanced team. We have a team that is not just about the names, it’s all about what they can do as well and how quickly they can change the game. I truly believe in all-rounders in T20 cricket and I think that’s what we have. I think we have guys that can bat and bowl and once you have eight guys in a team that can do that, I think you have a good team on paper,”.
This year, Russell will be captaining Shahid Afridi, a player with a huge amount of experience in the T20 format, and he is looking forward to having him as a team mate at the Tallawahs.
“It’s going to be interesting, I’ve played against Shahid before, he’s a good guy. Even in Dubai after we played, we go out on a boat together, just enjoy each other’s company. To be around a guy like Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Ahmed Shehzad and all these guys, it just shows a different type of how they live, and how simple they are apart from the game. But, it’s good to have [Afridi] in the CPL this year and not just playing against him, playing with him as well, because I hope I can learn a few things and take it along with me.”
Russell says that the Hero CPL is vital to the growth of cricket in the region, and is keen to see Caribbean cricketers show their passion for the sport at the tournament.
Russell says he has set himself personal targets for the tournament ahead, but he doesn’t want to make that public.
“I always set personal goals but I don’t let it out loud because I don’t want to say I want 20 wickets, 30 wickets and I only get 10. It’s always good to have your personal goals but I don’t like to say it out loud. Every player wants to get wickets, take a lot of catches, score runs, but I have my personal goals and I just hope I can achieve them,”.