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Jetlag could be factor in Jayawardene’s appearance
At 5.25 pm yesterday afternoon, Mahela Jayawardene walked into the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel to be part of the Red Steel for the rest of this Limacol Caribbean Premier League tournament. Whether or not he plays today will depend on his readiness after two days of travelling to get to Jamaica from Sri Lanka. Today, the Red Steel takes on St Lucia’s Zouks at 10 am (11 am Eastern Caribbean time), looking for a victory to get into the semifinals of the tournament. If Red Steel wins today and Guyana’s Amazon Warriors defeat the Hawksbills then the former will make an appearance in front of their home crowd at the Queen’s Park Oval in the semifinals.
Jayawardene has flown in and the owners of the team have also brought in legends Brian Lara and Sanath Jayasuriya to be around the team as mentors and to assist in any way they can. Jayasuriya and Jayawardene were both met by co-owner of the team John Talarico and manager Colin Borde at the Pegasus yesterday. According to the latter: “We will have a team meeting tonight and we will see how best Jayawardene fits into the plan. He is a world class player and any team would love to have him and we are very happy that he is here with us. Whether or not he plays against the Zouks will depend on him and his readiness after his long flight. All this will be discussed at the team meeting tonight as then a decision will be made on who plays against the Zouks.”
Borde also remarked on the presence of Lara and Jayasuriya: “These guys are greats of the game and having them here will assist us tremendously. Brian has spoken to the batsmen and just having him around is a great motivation for the guys.” Yesterday, the players had a session in the sweltering heat at Sabina and most of them were relieved to get back into pool at the hotel, as the temperatures hit around 37 degrees celcius. After their session the players were allowed some time for themselves and were to re-convene for a final team meeting last night. The Zouks, on the other hand, flew into Kingston yesterday around 2 pm and had no time for practice. They just milled around the hotel and will be looking for that final effort from their team to get into the semis. Team manager Adriel Richards said the players were getting a chance to recharge after their win against the Hawksbills on Thursday night in Antigua. Today will mark the final match that Misbah ul Haq plays for the Zouks as he joins his teammates for Pakistan’s tour of Zimbabwe.
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