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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is less than
three months away, and last year s T&T Red Steel
manager Colin Borde is happy with the new addi-
tions to the line-up and hopes the team can improve
on last year s performance.
In the 2013 inaugural tournament, the Red Steel
were defeated by the Guyana Amazon Warriors in
the semifinals at the Queen s Park Oval, Port-of-
Spain. The Jamaica Tallawahs, led by Chris Gayle,
eventually won the tournament.
Five new players have joined the 15-man Red Steel
squad, led by captain Dwayne Bravo. T&T s Evin
Lewis, Jason Mohammed and Shannon Gabriel (,
and Nasir Jamshed (Pakistan) and Kenar Lewis
(Jamaica) have been added to the line-up. Unfor-
tunately, T&T s Adrian Barath, Justin Guillen and
Yannick Cariah, and Miguel Cummins (Barbados)
and Davy Jacobs (South Africa) were omitted.
In a telephone interview with the T&T Guardian
yesterday, Borde was satisfied with the team.
He said: "I think it s good to have as many local
players as possible because it is a T&T franchise,
Lewis has proved himself at the Champions League,
Gabriel has the experience and Mohammed has been
around for some time."
Borde said it is good to have international flavour
at the tournament. Other than Jamshed, Ross Taylor
of New Zealand and Kevin O Brien of Ireland will
also be in the Red Steel setup. Taylor and O Brien
were both part of the team last year.
Some of the notable names who will feature in this
year s tournament are Kevin Pietersen (England/St
T&T and West Indies opener Lendl Simmons has
been included in the squad to play Guyana in the
sixth round of the regional four-day cricket tour-
nament, starting on Friday at the Providence Sta-
Simmons is the only change in the squad which
crushed Jamaica by 145 runs in three days at the
Queen s Park Oval on Sunday. Simmons replaces fel-
low Windies player Kieron Pollard, who scored a
century against Jamaica on his return to regional
cricket, after recuperating from a knee injury. Pollard
will join the Mumbai Indians for the Indian Premier
League (IPL), which bowls off on April 16.
Simmons was a member of the West Indies team,
which was defeated by Sri Lanka in the semifinals
of the ICC World T20 Championship in Bangladesh.
On Sunday, Sri Lanka beat India in the final to win
the World T20 for the first time.
T&T, currently on top of the six-team standings
with 72 points, have four wins and one defeat in the
tournament so far. Their victories were against the
Windward Islands, the Leeward Islands, Combined
Campuses and Colleges (CCC) and Jamaica.
Their only defeat came against Barbados.
The other T&T cricketers who were part of the
West Indies team at the World T20, but were not
included in the squad to play Guyana are Dwayne
Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree
and Ravi Rampaul. Ramdin, who suffered a thumb
injury during the World T20, has been given one
week off to ensure he gets back to full fitness. The
other players are also heading to the IPL to join their
The T&T squad: Adrian Barath, Evin Lewis,
Darren Bravo, Jason Mohammed, Jonathan
Augustus, Imran Khan, Steven Katwaroo
(Wicketkeeper), Rayad Emrit (Captain), Shannon
Gabriel, Amit Jaggernauth, Ricky Jaipaul, Marlon
Richards, Lendl Simmons, Kelvin Williams
(Coach), Manohar Ramsaran (Manager), Clinton
Jeremiah (Trainer), Zephrinus Nicholas (Masseur)
Simmons in, Pollard
out for Guyana
Lucia Zouks), Corey Anderson (New
Zealand/Guyana Amazon Warriors), David
Hussey (Australia/Antigua Hawksbills) and
Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka/Antigua Hawksbills).
Borde believes all the teams have an equal
chance to win the tournament.
"All the teams are evenly balanced, which
would make it a better tournament."
In an effort to broaden the game of cricket,
the CPL plans to stage the first round of
matches in Toronto, Canada, an idea sup-
ported by Borde.
"The CPL wants to spread the game and
we want to get into the North American
Borde also said it is an exciting time in
world sport, as the World T20 cricket tour-
nament (recently concluded), the Indian
Premier League (April 16-June 1), the FIFA
World Cup (June 12-July 13) and the CPL
(July 5-August 10) will be played right after
Meanwhile, the respective players have
been retained by their franchises. Samuel
Badree (T&T), Denesh Ramdin, Krishmar
Santokie and Lendl Simmons (Guyana),
Dwayne Smith (Barbados), Andre Russell.
Borde excited about T&T Red Steel inclusions
T&T RED STEEL SQUAD:
Dwayne Bravo (captain/T&T), Ross
Taylor (New Zealand), Darren Bravo
(T&T), Samuel Badree (T&T),
Sulieman Benn (Barbados), Kevon
Cooper (T&T), Nasir Jamshed
(Pakistan), Kevin O'Brien (Ireland),
Evin Lewis (T&T), Nicolas Pooran
(T&T), Shannon Gabriel (T&T), Fidel
Edwards (Barbados), Jason
Mohammed (T&T), Kenar Lewis
(Jamaica), Delorn Johnson (Windward
Teams: West Indies
Domestic and international icon players
Antigua Hawksbills - Marlon Samuels,
Barbados Tridents - Kieron Pollard, Shoaib
Guyana Amazon Warriors - Sunil Narine,
Jamaica Tallawahs - Chris Gayle, Muttiah
St Lucia Zouks - Darren Sammy, Brad
T&T Red Steel - Dwayne Bravo, Ross Taylor
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