T&T stars Keiron Pollard and Sunil Narine will miss this country’s first game in the upcoming regional T20 cricket series but will be available for the rest of the matches, as this country looks to repeat as Caribbean champions.
On the weekend it was reported that the availability of mystery spinner Narine and hurricane batsman Keiron Pollard was in doubt because of their commitments in the Australian Big Bash league, which is being played at the same time as the regional tournament.
Pollard is contracted to play with the Adelaide Strikers while Narine was snapped up by the Sydney Sixers, the current Champions League winners. The Australian Big Bash runs from December 7 to January 19, while the regional T20 begins on January 6 in T&T, with the semifinals and finals to be played later in the month in St Lucia.
T&T will play its first match against last year’s runners-up Jamaica at the Queen’s Park Oval on January 6. T&T Guardian understands that Pollard has been cleared by his club to return for the competition, but he will arrive in T&T on January 6 after playing his last game for the Adelaide Strikers on January 5 against the Hobart Hurricanes.
This means he will not be available for T&T’s first match against Jamaica but will enter camp with the team immediately upon his return and play from the next game. Narine finds himself facing the same situation and will also return on January 6 and play the rest of the series with the Red Force. Dwayne Bravo, is currently injured but has no Big Bash contract and is available for the entire series. He is undergoing therapy to remedy a thigh strain, which he picked up during the West Indies T20 World Cup triumph in Sri Lanka.
The right-hand batsman and medium pacer is expected to be fully fit in time for the series and will take part in a number of warm-up matches during the month of December in preparation for the series.
Bravo, Pollard and Narine all missed this country’s failed attempt at the 2012 Champions League tournament in South Africa but had signalled their availability for this country in the regional tournament.
Meanwhile, the national team has already held a debriefing session with the T&T Cricket Board and a plan of action has been mapped out for the next two months.