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Anand Subramaniam in Ranchi

T&T keen to add Caribbean flavor to CLT20

Plenty of young and exciting players to watch out says captain Denesh Ramdin

They added a lot of colour and flair in the inaugural edition of the CLT20 by making it to the final. They showed that Calypso cricket is still thriving and if Trinidad & Tobago can recreate the kind of magic they did four years back, they will be a tough side to beat. With a mystery spinner in Sunil Narine, a fast and fiery Ravi Rampaul leading the pace attack and some fearsome hitters in Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo, T&T are a side that can raise a of eyebrows.

Not surprisingly, expectations back home from the Caribbean outfit are immense, and as captain Denesh Ramdin puts it, “Every time T&T goes out to the field, the entire Caribbean has expectations. It is an exciting brand of cricket that we play, and hopefully, we can go out there and express ourselves and give our folks back home a lot of joy.”

The T&T squad has a lot of young talent at disposal. While the likes of Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul and Darren Bravo are already known, Ramdin gave his list of players to watch out in the tournament from the squad. “We have Rayad Emrit, who has been doing well for himself in the domestic T20 tournaments back home; Shannon Gabriel, who has been bowling really fast and done well in the past; Sherwin Ganga, who has been around for a while and he will be one of our guys to step up. And in our batting department, we have young and exciting talent in the form of Nicholas Pooran, who is just 17 years of age and everyone is looking forward to seeing what he can offer.”

Meanwhile, coach David Williams was happy with the preparations leading up to the tournament. “The preparation went quite well. We had two good tours – one to Guyana and one to Dominica – where we did pretty well by winning three of the four games. The guys played extremely well and we are very happy with the way things went. We are just looking forward to a good tournament,” Williams said.

When asked about Brian Lara’s role in the T&T squad, Ramdin instantly replied, “It is great to have the likes of Brian Lara around in the dressing room. He comes around and has a good chat with the guys during the practice sessions and shares his knowledge of the game how much ever he can. He also gives us the confidence to go out there and do well.”

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