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Guyana test for real Red Force
It’s been seven months since they last played T20 cricket together and tonight when the T&T Red Force hits the ground, they will be looking to continue their impressive run, which dates back to Stanford T20 cricket many years ago.
T&T fans have been longing to see the Red Force in action, as the recently completed Caribbean Premier League (CPL) would have reminded them just how good the Red Force is. During the CPL tournament Red Steel, a franchise team bearing the T&T brand, played instead. Although reaching the semifinals, Red steel had suffered three early losses and was considered by some fans to be a mere shadow of the real deal.
At 7 tonight, Denesh Ramdin will lead his men out against the second most successful regional T20 team, Guyana. They will play two matches, the other being at the same time tomorrow night at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.
The Red Force is using this two-match series as preparations for the upcoming Champions League T20 series in India. Manager of the team Omar Khan speaking to T&T Guardian yesterday said his players were eager to play together after representing different teams in the CPL.
“They want to start on a winning note. We have chosen to play the two matches here because we believe that the conditions will be similar to what we will encounter in India. It’s great to have the guys together at this point so that they can start understanding their roles within the team set-up. With the final team for India being named early next week, these matches provide a great opportunity for the guys to address the selectors.”
Guyana has chosen a strong team and included in it as a guest player is Jamaican Krishmar Santokie, who played for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the CPL. For T&T, pacer Ravi Rampaul will be looking to show his fitness ahead of the Champions League. Rampaul missed the entire CPL but is back and will be keen to go at the hosts.
Also playing cricket after a lay-off during the CPL, are Jason Mohammed, Evin Lewis and Yannick Ottley. The trio did not attract any offers from the six CPL teams but will want to cement their places on the T&T team for the Champions League.
After these two matches, T&T will fly to Dominica for two matches against the Windwards before they leave for India for a number of practice matches before playing their first match in the CLT20 on September 22.
T&T: Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Yannick Ottley, Jason Mohammed, Denesh Ramdin, Nicholas Pooran, Adrian Barath, Samuel Badree, Sherwin Ganga, Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine, Shannon Gabriel, Navin Stewart, Rayad Emrit, and Darren Bravo.
Technical Team: Dudnath Ramkeesoon, Omar Khan, David Williams and Kelvin William, Oba Gulston and Dinesh Mahabir.
Guyana: Ramnaresh Sarwan, Narsingh Deonarine, Chris Barnwell, Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo, Steven Jacobs, Trevon Griffith, Paul Wintz, Krishmar Santokie, Anthony Bramble, Rajiv Ivan, Leon Johnson, Robin Bacchus, Zaheer Mohamed,
Technical Team: Eusan Crandon (Coach), Orin Bailey (Asst Coach), Alvin Johnson (Manager)
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