‘The CPL suits me’, says Kevin O’Brien

"I'm enjoying the tournament once again and really love playing for Red Steel"

“I’m enjoying the tournament once again and really love playing for Red Steel”

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Ireland all-rounder Kevin O’Brien has announced that the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) suits him and has allowed him to become a “more assertive” player.

In the six games he has played for the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, O’Brien has scored 200 runs, which includes two half-centuries, at a superb average of 66.66, and taken six wickets at a jaw-dropping average of seven.

“Playing in leagues around the world and just by playing more and more cricket with Ireland, my game’s developed,” he said. “But in the CPL, I really enjoy showing what I can do. Today was one of those days where everything clicked.

“I’m enjoying the tournament once again and really love playing for Red Steel. I think it’s helped me develop and I do believe that more Irishmen can be playing in these and other worldwide tournaments. We’ve improved as a lot. The CPL suits me.”

O’Brien also thanked Trinidad and Tobago captain Dwayne Bravo for having faith in him as a bowler.

“I’ve been practicing and honing my bowling skill a lot,” he said. “I’m an all-rounder and while I’ve been getting off with the bat, I’m relieved that Bravo will chuck it to me when he needs a wicket or two and further relieved when I can repay his faith. In the CPL, I get more chances to bowl and I’ve been doing this of late with Ireland so the more I bowl, the better for me.”

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