Who is Rayad Emrit?

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Rayad Emrit may not be a household name. For those who didn’t know, Emrit is an all-round cricketer, who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium pace seamers.

He plays for Trinidad and Tobago and for St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), 

Born in Saint Joseph in Trinidad, Emrit’s big career break came when he was called-up for the West Indies ODI tour of India in 2007, which took place ahead of the World Cup that was due to take place on home soil that year.

However, things did not pan out as he would like.

He only played in two ODI games, did not take any wickets, and batted too far down the order to make any impact, scoring just 13 runs in total. He was never called-up again into the international set-up.

A big success in CPL

However, he has made up for that with a highly successful domestic career, particularly in the CPL, where he is currently the third highest wicket taker ever in the history of the competition, with 85 wickets at an average of 23.4.

And yes, he had a best performance coming in 2017 when he took 4/35 playing for Guyana Amazon Warriors.

The previous year he captained the Warriors to the final of the 2016 competition – despite being hit for 18 off one over by Michael Hussey of the St. Lucia Zouks – before losing to a Chris Gayle-inspired Jamaica Tallawahs. 

In 2019 he made the switch to St. Kitts, and he was supposed to team up the aforementioned Gayle, after his acrimonious split from the Tallawahs. Sadly, Gayle has opted out of the CPL 2020.

More batsman or bowler?

Although labelled an all-rounder, Emrit is more a bowler who can bat.

In 32 career innings in the CPL, he has failed to score more than 21 not out in any match, although the nature of the competition means that he usually only gets to the crease when quick runs need to be scored.

He has also captained Trinidad and Tobago, making his debut for them in the 2003-2004 season. And, to date, has played 84 first class matches and taken 175 wickets, at an average of 26.72, with a career best of 6/35.

And to prove he can bat, he has scored 3 centuries and 5 fifties for the Islands, with a top score of 113 not out. He also led them to success in the Los Angeles Open 2020 Cricket Tournament.

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A franchise favourite

Apart from his CPL duties, Emrit has carved out a career for himself playing franchise cricket around the world.

He has played for both the Barisal Bulls, and, more recently, the Chattogram Challengers in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), and last year represented the Winnipeg Hawks in the inaugural Global T20 Canada tournament. 

In 2017, he also made his debut for the Quetta Gladiators in the debut Pakistan Super League, and again helped his side reach the final, which they lost, despite him taking 3/31 from his four overs.

He also was part of the Bloem City Blazers’ squad for the first edition of South Africa’s T20 Global League, until that was cancelled for financial reasons.

In 2008, Emrit was named in the Stanford Superstars squad in the series sponsored by the Texan billionaire Allen Stanford, with a prize fund of US $20 million winner take for the victors in the T20 competition.

The team, captained by Gayle, included the likes of Kieron Pollard, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Andre Fletcher, and was rich in talent, meaning that Emrit missed out on the final.

In the process, he also missed out a share in what would have been the biggest pay day of his life, as the Superstars beat England, captained on that occasion by Kevin Petersen, in the final by 10 wickets.

We wish Rayad Emrit all the best for CPL 2020.

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