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Mohammed back on T&T team
Middle order batsman Jason Mohammed has been recalled to the national team for their fifth-round Super50 clash against the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) tomorrow at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Mohammed got injured playing against the Leeward Islands earlier in the series but proved his fitness with a classy unbeaten 102 against Aranguez in the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) Premiership tournament on Sunday. He led PowerGen to victory with his scintillating knock and has been rewarded with a place on the national side.
Also back after injury is opening bowler Ravi Rampaul who also played on the weekend. Rampaul has been in and out of cricket this season due to injuries and he will be looking for a long run to get himself back into West Indies colours with all the cricket still to come. The two casualties from the last Super50 line up are leg-spinner Samuel Badree, who did not enjoy a good run against Guyana, and batsman Evin Lewis.
The T&T boys have played unbeaten in the series so far winning against the Windwards, Leewards and Guyana. Tomorrow, they can seal a place in the semifinals of the tournament with a win against the plucky CCC.
Given the players at their disposal, T&T starts as massive favourites to win this clash. Leading the team in the absence of regular captain Denesh Ramdin, will be all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. The right-hander will have the special talents of Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine to call on as well.
Added to these, the other West Indies players in the mix are openers Lendl Simmons and Adrian Barath. Queen’s Park captain Justin Guillen is retained in the squad and will be looking to take advantage of his home turf and post a good score.
Behind the sticks will be young Nicholas Pooran who has shown he has the heart for big cricket and he will be joined by other youngsters in the form of Yannic Cariah, who has been in the pink of form, and Yannick Ottley.
T&T team: Dwayne Bravo (captain), Lendl Simmons, Adrian Barath, Justin Guillen, Jason Mohammed, Kieron Pollard, Kevon Cooper, Nicholas Pooran, Yannic Cariah, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Rayad Emrit and Khesan Yannick Ottley. Manager - Omar Khan and coach - David Williams.
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