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Ganga makes Champions League grade
Sherwin Ganga has been selected on the T&T team for the upcoming Karbonn Smart Champions League T20 cricket series in India. The off-spinning all rounder who has featured in all three Champions League tournaments thus far for T&T makes a fourth appearance Ganga has been over overlooked on many occasions for T&T this past year but good performances for his domestic club PowerGen has swayed the selectors to look in his direction. Also making a return to the team is the Tobago-born Navin Stewart. The fast bowling all rounder had a tremendous season for Moosai Sports and is now back in favour. He represented the Red Force in their inaugural T20 appearance back in 2009 in India. Young wicketkeeper batsman Nicholas Pooran is all set to make his Champions League debut as he has been chosen after his rollicking batting in the regional T20 tournament and also against the Amazon Warriors in the opening match of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League.
Only four players who played for the Red Steel in the CPL have been chosen for the Red Force. They are Pooran, Darren Bravo, Samuel Badree and Adrian Barath. Four PowerGen players who did not get a chance to play in the CPL, comes into the Champions League team. Opener Evin Lewis, middle order batsman Jason Mohammed and Ganga were not drafted by any of the franchises, while pacer Ravi Rampaul is back from injury. He was drafted by the eventual winners Jamaica Tallawahs but did not play a game due to injury. Another player who did not get a CPL contract, Yannick Ottley has also been selected as he was one of the standout players in the Regional T20 tournament that was held back in January, when T&T defeated Guyana to earn the right to play in the Champions League.
Missing from the Denesh Ramdin-led team is the Indian Premier League (IPL) trio of Keiron Pollard (Mumbai Indians), Kevon Cooper (Rajasthan Royals) and Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings). They have all opted to play for the IPL teams who have also qualified for the Champions League. The three players will stand to gain their final 20 percent payout of their IPL contract once they appear for their team at the tournament. Mystery bowler Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders) and leg-spinner Samuel Badree (Rajasthan Royals) are available to play for T&T. Badree did not feature that much in the IPL and hence has decided to play for his country.
Manager of the team Omar Khan in an immediate reaction to the contents of his squad said: “This is a very strong team we have at our disposal. Yes, we are missing three top men who are going to play for their franchises but we have a cadre of players who have been around for quite a while and they are proven performers. Some of them had a tremendous CPL and we are hoping they take this form into the Champions League. “This team has experience and depth and we are looking forward to a great performance from them in India.” Last night the team was carded to play Guyana in the first of two T20 matches at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. The second match will be played tonight from 8pm. The squad then returns home and move on to Dominica on the weekend, where they play against the Windwards in two matches before flying out to India. They go into action on September 22 in Ranchi, Eastern India.
Denesh Ramdin (capt), Rayad Emrit, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran, Sunil Narine, Evin Lewis, Samuel Badree, Navin Stewart, Shannon Gabriel, Yannick Ottley, Adrian Barath, Sherwin Ganga, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul and Darren Bravo.
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