New Red Force signing Narsingh Deonarine, has expressed his delight in joining the T&T franchise and is confident of his new team winning the West Indies Cricket Board Regional Four-Day tournament.
The exciting Guyanese all-rounder joined the Red Force after the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) negotiated a trade with the Leeward Islands Cricket Association (LICA) in exchange for the services of opening batsman Nkrumah Bonner.
"I am very happy and delighted about being selected for the Red Force because it has been a challenge for myself and my family when playing for Guyana in terms of the new setup of Caribbean First Class cricket.
"Being contracted, and my family being in Trinidad was very difficult. My two children are two years and eight months old. My son is now starting school so my wife and I put a lot of thought into it and I decided to move over to Trinidad.
"I was lucky that Trinidad was able to get me with the swap with Bonner so I am very happy to be a part of the Red Force squad," said Deonarine.
He said he was looking forward to this new challenge and was sure T&T will be at the top of the table at the end of the 2016 regional cricket season. "We have a good group of experienced players and talented youngsters in the squad which will make us tough to beat," said Deonarine. He also expressed his gratitude to the TTCB and LICA for coming to an agreement which allows him to play top class regional cricket and to be closer to his family.
"The TTCB and LICA must be commended for the manner in which they worked together to ensure that I can play cricket and be with my wife and children. I have a young family and it was critical for me to be there to support my wife and be a father to my children.
"As a professional cricketer you have to make a lot of sacrifices but I did not want my family to suffer when there was an opportunity to play regional cricket and be with them," said Deonarine.
He said that his wife Aneesa, who is the daughter of former West Indies and T&T mystery spinner Inshan Ali, is overjoyed that he is in Trinidad representing the Red Force.
"My wife is very happy because Trinidad is her home and I will be here to help raise our family. When I played for Guyana she always said that she wanted me to do well, but that she remains a T&T supporter. Now she can support me and the team I play for," said Deonarine confidently.