At the end of every major international event it’s the successful athletes who get all the praise while the coaches and team managers are seldom mentioned, applauded or even recognised.
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Simmons in, Pollard out for Guyana
T&T and West Indies opener Lendl Simmons has been included in the squad to play Guyana in the sixth round of the regional four-day cricket tournament, starting on Friday at the Providence Stadium, Guyana.
Simmons is the only change in the squad which crushed Jamaica by 145 runs in three days at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday. Simmons replaces fellow Windies player Kieron Pollard, who scored a century against Jamaica on his return to regional cricket, after recuperating from a knee injury. Pollard will join the Mumbai Indians for the Indian Premier League (IPL), which bowls off on April 16.
Simmons was a member of the West Indies team, which was defeated by Sri Lanka in the semifinals of the ICC World T20 Championship in Bangladesh. On Sunday, Sri Lanka beat India in the final to win the World T20 for the first time.
T&T, currently on top of the six-team standings with 72 points, have four wins and one defeat in the tournament so far. Their victories were against the Windward Islands, the Leeward Islands, Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) and Jamaica.
Their only defeat came against Barbados.
The other T&T cricketers who were part of the West Indies team at the World T20, but were not included in the squad to play Guyana are Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree and Ravi Rampaul. Ramdin, who suffered a thumb injury during the World T20, has been given one week off to ensure he gets back to full fitness. The other players are also heading to the IPL to join their respective teams.
The T&T squad: Adrian Barath, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Jason Mohammed, Jonathan Augustus, Imran Khan, Steven Katwaroo (Wicketkeeper), Rayad Emrit (Captain), Shannon Gabriel, Amit Jaggernauth, Ricky Jaipaul, Marlon Richards, Lendl Simmons, Kelvin Williams (Coach), Manohar Ramsaran (Manager), Clinton Jeremiah (Trainer), Zephrinus Nicholas (Masseur)