CPL 2019: Kieron Pollard replaces injured Dwayne Bravo as Trinbago Knight Riders captain
Kieron Pollard was picked up TKR for CPL 2019. @WICB

Kieron Pollard has replaced Dwayne Bravo as Trinbago Knight Riders’ captain for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League after the latter suffered a finger injury during a practice session. Bravo will be also missing a significant part of the T20 league, the franchise announced in its statement.

The unavailability of Bravo comes as a big blow for the three-time CPL champions as he had led them to three CPL titles so far. In 2015, TKR, then known as Trinidad and Tobago Red steel, defeated Pollard-led Barbados Tridents in the final. Under Bravo, TKR repeated their heroics and registered title wins in 2017 and 2018.

“It’s a very unfortunate injury and Dwayne Bravo will be greatly missed. However, we are fortunate to have someone of the calibre of Kieron Pollard to take over the reins from Bravo. His leadership abilities are well proven and, like Bravo, will bring a very aggressive style as captain in TKR’s quest for a third championship in a row,” Venky Mysore, Director of TKR said in a statement.

TKR will also be missing out on the services of Colin Munro for their first three matches.  He is a part of New Zealand squad for the ongoing T20I series against Sri Lanka. He has been replaced by Lendl Simmons for the opening three games.

Apart from the new captain, TKR will also be having a new coach as their former batsman Brendon McCullum will be coaching the three-time champions in the T20 league. The franchise had parted ways with head coach Simon Katich, who was also the assistant coach at Kolkata Knight Riders.

Caribbean Premier League 2019 kicks off on September 5 with defending champions TKR taking on St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad.