PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
West Indies spinner Sunil Narine said he is hoping to draw from his experience playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to help Trinidad and Tobago in the Champions League T20 starting this weekend.
Narine picked up 24 wickets in his maiden IPL season in 2012, and finished behind the leading wicket-taker Morne Morkel to help his franchise Kolkata Knight Riders win their only title. His consistency continued in the next season as he took 22 wickets.
"Having played in India, and learning a lot with Kolkata (Knight Riders), I think I can use the Indian conditions to my best ability," Narine said.
"Playing in the IPL is a plus I have, and having won the T20 crown with West Indies last year, I think I'm equipped for this challenge."
Red Force will play one warm-up game before opening their campaign against the Brisbane Heat in Ranchi on Sunday.
Their first match is in Ranchi, Kolkata's second home venue during the IPL last year. The spinner has fond memories of the JSCA ground, having claimed a four-wicket haul against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
"I have experience playing at Ranchi and have done well there. I think that I can share my knowledge with my team when it comes to the venue, and also to some of the teams," he said.
"So far, we have studied the teams that we are going to meet, and the players have knowledge of them going in. We have the right crop for the title-run."
The Trinidadians flew out of Port-of-Spain on Monday and spent yesterday in London. They will take on the Perth Scorchers in their only warm-up game on Saturday.