It was no surprise that Ife Alleyne was crowned the winner of the 2014 National Calypso Queen competition which took place on January 19 at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.
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Narine back for T20 series vs Kiwis
T&T’s mystery spinner Sunil Narine has been chosen on the West Indies team for the upcoming two-match T20 series against New Zealand next weekend in Dominica.
The right arm off-spinner was banned from playing against the same opponents in the current Test series because he failed to make the June 1 deadline to attend a preparatory camp in Barbados.
He now makes a comeback and so too Keiron Pollard who missed the 2014 World T20 tournament in Bangladesh due to injuries. However, injury will keep all rounder Dwayne Bravo off the park, as he is still recovering from a hamstring strain that now threatens his appearance in the early stages of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which gets underway on July 11 in Grenada.
Other T&T players called to the squad are batsman Darren Bravo who was not chosen for the World T20 tournament. The dapper left hander has been in form in the Test series and scored a century in the second Test at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Lendl Simmons who had a fantastic Indian Premier League (IPL) with the Mumbai Indians this year, is also on the team, as well as the Royal Challengers Bangalore leg-spinner Samuel Badree.
Simmons got married on the weekend in Trinidad and will be looking to continue his good form. Rounding off the six T&T men on the squad is Test captain Denesh Ramdin.
A notable omission from the team is big Jamaican left hander Chris Gayle who has been rested for this series.
Darren Sammy who was recently removed as Test captain will be back from his stint with Glamorgan from the Natwest T20 Blast in England to lead the team.
The matches will be played at Windsor Park, Dominica, on July 5 and 6.
Darren Sammy (Captain), Samuel Badree, Christopher Barnwell, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Smith.