Trinis looking to rebound
KINGSTOWN – Trinidad and Tobago will be looking to bounce back from their loss to the Windward Islands when the two sides meet in the Regional Super50 tournament at Arnos Vale, St Vincent on Thursday.
The Windwards crushed T&T by ten wickets in their four-day match at the same venue which ended on Sunday-a day earlier than scheduled-and T&T will be looking to make amends, but that might be easier said than done.
T&T will be depleted by the loss of skipper Denesh Ramdin and allrounder Kevon Cooper for the 50-over match, while young Naparima College wicketkeeper/batsman Nicholas Pooran has been called up to join the squad in St Vincent.
Ramdin was named in the West Indies team ahead of the Zimbabwe tour of the Caribbean which bowls off on Friday with the first of three One Day Internationals at the Grenada National Stadium.Meanwhile, Cooper’s Bangladesh Premier League franchise, the Chittagong Kings contested the final of that tournament today and he will not be back in time for the Super50 match.
T&T manager Omar Khan confirmed the changes to the T&T squad, yesterday, noting that 17-year-old Pooran is the only wicketkeeper in the limited overs team and will make his senior regional debut on Thursday. The T&T Under-19 cricketer has already tasted senior team action, keeping for T&T in two Twenty20s against the touring Canadians earlier this month.
Also coming into the 50-over squad are the Ottley brothers, Yannick and Kjorn, as well as leg-spinner Samuel Badree. Spinners Amit Jaggernauth and Kavesh Kantasingh, along with allrounder Imran Khan, will be returning to Trinidad.
Khan also confirmed that Rayad Emrit will captain T&T in the absence of Ramdin. Khan is expecting a better performance from his players on Thursday, especially after the batting debacle in the four-day match when they were dismissed for 179 and 86. (windiescricket)††