Sharks all-rounder thrilled with squad strength
Ravi Bopara believes Sussex have a team of "little superstars" who should be regarded as serious contenders for this summer's T20 Blast.
The Sharks are 3.60 to win the Twenty20 trophy for the first time since 2009, with defending champions Nottinghamshire 1213.00 and Yorkshire 1213.00.
Sussex are second in the South Group with two games remaining, having picked up 15 points from 12 matches. They take on Hampshire at the Rose Bowl on Friday in the second match of a double-header for the Hawks, who face Bopara's former county Essex earlier in the day.
The Sharks then complete their group campaign with a trip to Canterbury to take on leaders Kent, who have won eight of their 11 completed Blast matches this season.
Looking at our squad, it's very good and strong.Ravi Bopara
The 36-year-old Bopara spent 17 years at Essex, during which time he played 13 Test matches, 120 ODIs and 38 Twenty20 internationals for England, before joining Sussex last summer.
The all-rounder was part of the England squad who won the 2010 World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, alongside current Sussex T20 skipper Luke Wright, and the experienced pair hope to claim another trophy this summer.
Asked about the Sharks' prospects of Blast glory, Bopara told reporters: "Looking at our squad, it's very good and strong. A lot of them have played international cricket and some are on the fringes of international cricket.
"We've got a good leader in Luke Wright. When I played against [Sussex] they were always one of those teams you looked at and said 'they're going to be tough to beat'. We've got a team of little superstars and we hope we can go all the way."