Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 14th 2014 Contents A70
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, February 14, 2014
T&T captain Dwayne Bravo says
the key to winning the Nagico
Super50 series is for his team to apply
pressure and sustain it throughout
the 100 overs in which the game is
Bravo said the fact that the Red Force
got early wickets against Jamaica in
the semi-final is what spurred them
on to victory and they will be looking
for more of the same in the final tomor-
T&T beat the Jamaicans by seven
wickets after bowling the visitors for
a meagre 49 in the semifinal on
Wednesday. It followed emphatic wins
against the Leeward Islands and the
Combined Campuses and Colleges in
the preliminary round of the tourna-
ment. T&T also played Barbados but
lost that match.
"None of us expected and planned
for what happened in that Jamaica
game. It was a spur of the moment
decision for me to bowl first because
Ravi Rampaul always bowls first. I took
the ball, got early wickets and this really
put the Jamaicans under pressure. I
was happy to get wickets with the new
ball because we put early pressure on
them, maintained that in the middle
and finished them off in the end."
Looking ahead he says that whoever
gets into the finals, the key will be for
his team to go out there and play hard
cricket. "We don't prefer any particular
team. Whoever shows up we have to
play at our best in order to lift the title.
It would be great for us to lift the title
and we are hoping to do just that."
Looking at his current form which
has been very good, Bravo said :"It's
good to perform for your team which
ever team I play for. So far my game
is on point these days and I just want
Meanwhile, manager of the team
Manohar Ramsaran said Bravo's lead-
ership will land T&T the title. "I think
that Bravo is really leading this team
well and he will go on and lift the title.
He is a much improved leader and the
team is playing for him.
"With this attitude he brings around
the team, they go out there feeling very
confident and feeling they can beat
anybody and this is what they are
"Bravo is also in great form and he
is leading from the front and when you
are leading by example, the others rally
behind you and we are seeing this hap-
Meanwhile over 6,000 tickets have
been snapped up for tomorrow's final.
The Red Force will meet either Bar-
bados or Guyana from 2pm. Checks
with the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB)
have revealed that ticket sales are going
CEO of the TTCB, Suruj Ragoonath
said :"So far we have sold at least half
of the tickets for the finals and this
ground can cater for 12,000, so we are
doing pretty well."
Tickets for the game are going at
Offices at the Queen's Park Oval will
remain open today for fans seeking
Dubai - When West Indies and South Africa play
their first match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup
at Dubai International Cricket Stadium today, it will
pit two players with very contrasting yet equally
inspiring tales against each other.
By the time Tagenarine Chanderpaul was born in
1996, his father Shivnarine was already an established
Test cricketer. Chanderpaul Jr honed his skills well
enough to play alongside his father for Guyana in a
regional four-day game last year, hence becoming
one half of a rare pair at the first-class level.
It's a wonderful narrative of a son following in his
At the other end of the spectrum is the story of
Clyde Fortuin, South Africa's wicketkeeper and open-
Born in Cape Town, Fortuin was brought up by
Dion Langeveldt and Cynthia Langeveldt -- his foster
parents -- after his mother, Connie, was unable to
raise him. Dion, who Fortuin calls Dad', introduced
him to cricket and he immediately grabbed the interest
of Charles Fourie, a cricket lover.
Under Fourie, Fortuin was making good progress
when Dion passed away because of a lung disease.
Fortuin was 11 then, and growing up in Walmer Estate
-- a notorious suburb of Cape Town -- was difficult.
However, Fortuin kept the distractions at bay and
worked hard to make his luck count. Early last year,
he made his debut for South Africa Colts against
England U-19 at home.
They won the series 5-0 and Fortuin was named
the best batsman. He carried his good form to India,
where he was instrumental in South Africa making
it to the quadrangular series final in September-
October last year.
While Chanderpaul Jr is regarded as a dour batsman
with enormous patience like his father, Fortuin is
easy on the eyes like his idol, AB de Villiers.
His class was evident in South Africa's warm-up
game against India, where he remained unbeaten on
112 and at no point looked perturbed by the spinners,
who he stepped out against with appreciable ease.
In that match, Fortuin came across as someone
with lots of time to play his strokes, and each of his
shots had an element of purity about them.
As for the South African team itself, two convincing
warm-up wins meant that the players were allowed
to take a day off from practice ahead of the tour-
Chanderpaul Jr, too, had a good workout in the
warm-ups, scoring 62 against New Zealand. Apart
from him, West Indies have Shimron Hetmyer and
Jeremy Solozano, two southpaws, Ramaal Lewis, an
offspinner and the captain of the team, and Jerome
Jones, the left-arm medium pacer -- all of who have
impressed in the recent past.
But West Indies, who had an extended nets session
yesterday, come into the tournament after losing to
Bangladesh at home and being forced to leave Chit-
tagong after one game because of a bomb explosion
close to their hotel in early December. Compared to
them, South Africa have a more settled look about
But despite the bigger contest and the other proven
performers in their ranks, it be will hard for Chan-
derpaul Jr and Fortuin to stay away from the spotlight
for long. While the world's eyes will be on how they
build their careers, they would be more than eager
to get their teams off to a winning start. A defeat
first up, however, won't make their stories any less
Other matches today
Canada U-19 v Zimbabwe U-19 in Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates U-19 v England U-19 in
New Zealand U-19 v Sri Lanka U-19 in Sharjah
ST JOHN'S -- The West Indies Cricket
Board yesterday named 13-member squads
for a brief series against ICC Associate
The series comprises two Twenty20
Internationals and a One-day International
to be staged later this month at Sabina Park
in the Jamaica capital of Kingston.
Kieron Pollard was not considered for
selection to either side due to injury. He
continues his rehabilitation following a knee
injury sustained late last year.
Krishna Santokie and Dwayne Smith
have been recalled, after playing the last of
their T20Is almost two years ago.
Santokie last appeared in a T20I against
Australia in March 2012 at the Beausejour
Cricket Ground in St. Lucia, and Smith last
played against Bangladesh in December that
year at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka.
Darren Sammy has overcome a hamstring
injury that sidelined him for the preceding
two T20Is on the tour of New Zealand last
month and returns to the line-up to captain
Also making a return following injury
are opener Chris Gayle, fast bowler Ravi
Rampaul and batsman Marlon Samuels.
On the ODI side, fast bowler Miguel
Cummins has been selected for a senior
West Indies side for the first time ever and
is the only uncapped player.
Darren Bravo and Sammy, both of whom
were restricted to one appearance apiece in
the ODIs on the tour of New Zealand over
the Christmas/New Year's period, have
been selected, while Gayle and Samuels
have also returned following injury.
The team management unit has also
been boosted with the addition of Saqlain
The legendary Pakistan off-spinner con-
ducted a spin bowling clinic with a number
of established and promising spinners in
the Caribbean last year, and has joined the
team management unit to fortify this area
that has become critical in the side's
Darren Sammy (Captain)
One-day International squad
Dwayne Bravo (Captain)
Schedule of matches
Wed 19 1st Twenty20 International
Fri 21 2nd Twenty20 International
Sun 23 Only One-day International
All matches at Sabina Park
Bravo warns of
Eyes on 'Tiger'
as U-19 World
Cup bowls off
Santokie, Smith in WI squads for Irish series
T&T captain Dwayne Bravo says the Red Force
needs to apply pressure and sustain it throughout.
PHOTO: ASHLEY ALLEN
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