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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, June 27, 2013
KINGSTON---Captain Dwayne Bravo says
West Indies will attempt to make amends
for their disappointing exit from the ICC
Champions Trophy when they battle cham-
pions India and Sri Lanka in the Celkon
Mobile Tri-Nation Tournament starting
West Indies were eliminated after Kieron
Pollard was dismissed just before the rain
intervened dashing their hopes of earning a
If Pollard had kept his wicket intact, after
scoring a 23-ball 28, West Indies would have
been the winners and advanced along with
India from Group B.
"We are disappointed at how we exited
the Champions Trophy, but I think those
who look at the competition closely say that
we really gave it our best shot," said Bravo,
who, along with the team's non-Jamaican
players, arrived on the island Tuesday.
"We are now looking forward to this Tri-
Nation series, which should be a very tough
series, to see if we can make amends and,
hopefully, make our fans proud once again."
Bravo, who will be in charge of the regional
one-day team for a second tournament, said
he was comfortable with the make-up of
the team's 13-man squad.
The squad features the players who par-
ticipated in the Champions Trophy with the
exception of Ramnaresh Sarwan and young
fast bowler Jason Holder.
"It's a balanced squad with a lot of match-
winners, who myself and the coaching staff
believe can get the job done," said Bravo.
"As to which players we pick to play each
match that will come down to the opposition
and the match conditions on the day."
The tournament, which will be held in
Jamaica and T&T, will see each team playing
each other twice, with the top two teams
advancing to the final.
The Jamaican leg is set to bowl off tomor-
row, with the West Indies facing ICC Cham-
pions Trophy semi-finalists Sri Lanka. CMC
...after disappointing exit from Champ Trophy
Local cricketers will be in battle mode once
more when round one the Courts Interclub
T20 Championships bowls off on Saturday.
Teams will be competing for the top prize of
$20,000 in a competition which Courts has
dished out $150,000.
The winner of the tournament will also collect
a challenge trophy and medals with the run-
ners-up pocketing $12,000 and a trophy while
the third place team will get $8,000 and medals.
There will also be valuable incentives for the
outstanding players in bating, bowling, fielding
and "Man of the Match" in the final and third-
First vice-president of the T&T Cricket Board
Dudnath Ramkessoon spoke proudly of local
players, who are internationally recognised and
are in demand throughout the world as they
add excitement and class to any competition
at the launch of the event.
"Their development is being credited to the
opportunities being offered for players at all
stages of the local game to come forward and
show their qualities and make a claim for
national selection," said Ramkessoon.
In attendance were Errol Le Blanc, managing
director of Courts, Otis Cornwall, marketing
manager, Arjoon Ramlal, general secretary of
the T&TCB and officials and members of the
clubs taking part in the competition.
Ramkessoon said the international commit-
ments of the T&T players have created a gap
in the domestic team and he is hopeful that
more talent will be unearthed as new champions
will be crowned since last year's winners Felicity
Sports have been promoted.
The head of the national selection committee
said the Courts Interclub T20 fulfills the man-
date of the T&TCB to take cricket to all the
communities throughout Trinidad and Tobago
and extended his appreciation to Courts for
their continued support and commitment to
the development of cricket.
Courts managing director Le Blanc confessed
to being an ardent cricket fan and expressed
his delight in having his company involved yet
another year in one of the leading competitions
for minor league teams.
Le Blanc praised the T&TCB for their vision
and accomplishments so far and compared
their plans and programmes to the BCCI, the
Indian board which is regarded as the leading
cricket administrative body in the world judging
from the success of their team on the inter-
He emphasised the importance of staging
tournaments like the Courts Interclub T20 and
was optimistic that the fruits of the T&TCB's
labour would continue to flourish.
Unicomer managing director Errol Le Blanc, left, presents T&T Cricket Board first vice president
Dudnath Ramkissoon with a replica of a cheque for $150,000 representing the sponsorship of
the Courts Inter-club T20 championship 2013, during the launch of the championships at the
Couva Cricket Centre on Tuesday. Others in photo are TTCB general secretary Arjoon Ramlal,
second from left, and Courts marketing officer Otis Cornwall. PHOTO: ANDREA DE SILVA
$150,000 from Courts
for Interclub T20Round One
Glenora SC vs Agents SC, QP Savannah
Triumph vs Santa Cruz, Arouca
Club Crusoe vs All Stars, Cunaripo
Sunrisers vs Sports Elite
Sand Pipers vs St Mary's, Granville
Endeavour vs NMO, Rousillac
Barrackpore vs Cosmos
HYO vs Orange Field, PowerGen Gd
Dwayne Bravo (captain), Chris Gayle,
Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Marlon
Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Devon Smith, Darren
Sammy, Denesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine, Tino
Best, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach.
head coach Ottis Gibson and
captain Dwayne Bravo say
they are confident the
regional side has the
strength in the squad to win
the CELKON Mobile Cup tri-
nation series which starts in
An upbeat home side
arrived in Jamaica on Tuesday
afternoon and had a full train-
ing session yesterday morning
at Sabina Park.
They will have another
training session this morning
and their opening match will
be against the Sri Lankans
tomorrow at the same venue
"We have a balanced squad
with a lot of match-winners,
who myself and the coaching
staff believe can get the job
done," the experienced 29-
year-old all-rounder noted.
"As to which players we
pick to play each match, that
will come down to the oppo-
sition and the match condi-
tions on the day."
Like Bravo, Gibson
remained confident about the
team's chances in the
CELKON Mobile Cup, which
will feature seven matches in
Gibson, who has been at
the helm for over three years
and now has played a vital
role in the team's progress,
said it was now crucial West
Indies used their recent dis-
appointments as motivation
"We were a bit unfortunate
with what happened in Eng-
land. I think we were starting
to shape up to do well in that
tournament... it's just to kick
on from there," said Gibson.
"It's to put those little mis-
takes that we made in Eng-
land, put them away. We felt
we had a good opportunity
to win that tournament and
we want to win this one and
prove ourselves right".
The Windies made an early
exit from the ICC Champions
Trophy in England and Wales
a fortnight ago and are aiming
for reverse fortunes when they
face Sri Lanka and India in
the coming weeks.
India are coming off their
capture of the ICC Champi-
ons Trophy while Sri Lanka
reached the semi-finals.
"It is good to be back home
and it is the first time we are
playing a tri-nation tourna-
ment in quite a while so we
are looking for positive results
and we are looking to win it,"
"There's more balance in
the side and we are starting
to believe a lot more that we
can be the team that we want
to be. We are starting to show
the application and hopefully
we will continue to show that
development and progress."
Windies coach, captain
upbeat on eve of tri-series
After lifting the Champions
Trophy with a remarkable
unbeaten run in London, the vic-
torious Indian cricket team yes-
terday departed for Jamaica to
compete in an One Day Interna-
tional (ODI) tri-series against the
West Indies and Sri Lanka start-
"Off to jamaica nw,,, Nxt mis-
sion ahead ,had a lovely time in
England....," tweeted all-rounder
Ravindra Jadeja with a picture of
his boarding pass.
"On board to Jamaica, with the
new speed gun that's joined us,"
said off-spinner R Ashwin on his
twitter handle with a picture of
Mohammed Shami, who replaced
an injured Irfan Pathan in the team.
The first three matches of the
series would be played in Jamaica
(from June 28 to July 2) before the
action shifts to T&T (from July 5
to July 11).
India will open their campaign
against the West Indies on Sun-
India leaves for Caribbean One Day International Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
(Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli,
Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Murali
Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja,
Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed
Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar
Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, R
Vinay Kumar. (WICB Web site)
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