T&T is expected to leave at 12.20 pm today, bound for Fort Lauderdale, USA, to do battle against Jamaica tomorrow and Saturday in two T20 matches at the Broward Regional Cricket facility. The two countries are celebrating their 50th anniversary of Independence and consulates based in Miami have come together to organise the matches in celebration of the event. The T&T team will be without Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine and Keiron Pollard as they would be representing their franchise teams at the Champions League. Ravi Rampaul is also out, as well as the injured Daren Bravo, while Samuel Badree and Kevon Cooper are in Sri Lanka, playing in the Sri Lankan Premier League which gets underway on Saturday.
Coach David Williams remains optimistic despite the absence of some of his top players. “Whether the IPL players play for us or not, we will be ready for the Champions League. We are going to prepare with the players we have, and if by chance the IPL players become available, then they will fit in.” Williams noted that T&T will be coming hard against the Jamaicans. “This gives us a chance to view the other players and we are keen to see how they cope. We are confident that whoever we have on the plane to South Africa, will do the country proud.” The T&T players arrive in Fort Lauderdale at 4.35 pm. They will attend an official reception to mark the start of the activities at 7.30 pm. The team will train at the Central Broward Regional Park at 10 am tomorrow, and return for the first match at 7 pm.
T&T Squad: Denesh Ramdin (captain), Lendl Simmons, Justin Guillen, William Perkins, Daren Ganga, Sherwin Ganga, Jason Mohammed, Yannick Ottley, Rayad Emrit, Navin Stewart, Dave Mohammed, Kharry Pierre, Mervyn Dillon, Aneil Kanhai, Evin Lewis David Williams (coach), Omar Khan (manager), Clinton Jeremiah (trainer), Dinesh Mahabir (analyst).