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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.”