Daren Ganga to lead T&T in Caribbean T20
Daren Ganga who led Trinidad and Tobago to the finals of the Champions League Twenty20 last year will be in charge of the team for the upcoming Caribbean T20 Tournament which will commence on July 22. The side is packed with quality allrounders such as Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo who are known for their prowess in the shortest format. Imran Khan, Kevon Cooper, Lendl Simmons, Samuel Badree, Navin Stewart and Sherwin Ganga are the other notable allrounders in the side.
Ryan Hinds, the left-arm spinning allrounder will lead the Bajan challenge in the tournament, and his side includes four other players who have represented West Indies at the highest level. The presence of Sulieman Benn, Dale Richards, Dwayne Smith and Kemar Roach makes Barbados strong contenders for the title, and their experience will be complemented well by the three new faces in the side.
Jason Hinds, Ryan's brother, is an offspinner adept at batting at various positions. Jason was impressive in the last two editions of the General T20 championship in addition to stand-out performances with the ball in the Barbados Cricket Association's trials for the Caribbean T20. Ashley Nurse will also bolster the spin attack with his off-breaks, while Larry Babb is a left-arm seamer who can be dangerous with the bat, as evidenced in his 46 off 25 balls during one of the trial games.
Omar Phillips will take over captaincy of the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) side from Floyd Reifer, who will now coach the side in addition to his role as a player. Other senior members of the CCC side include wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton and offspinner Ryan Austin, who both made their Test debuts last year.
The Caribbean T20 tournament will be contested by two groups of four teams each. The top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals, followed by a final and a third-place playoff. The remaining squads are to be named on July 13.
The winner of the tournament will be the sole Caribbean representative in the second edition of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament to be held in South Africa later this year.
Trinidad and Tobago squad: Daren Ganga (capt), Lendl Simmons, Adrian Barath, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, William Perkins, Kieron Pollard, Kevon Cooper, Imran Khan, Samuel Badree, Sherwin Ganga, Navin Stewart, Dave Mohammed, Denesh Ramdin.
Barbados squad: Ryan Hinds (capt), Jason Hinds, Alcindo Holder, Javon Searles, Kevin Stoute, Larry Babb, Sulieman Benn, Jonathan Carter, Kirk Edwards, Kemar Roach, Carlo Morris, Dale Richards, Ashley Nurse, Dwayne Smith; Desmond Haynes (manager), Emmerson Trotman (coach), Vasbert Drakes (assistant coach), Jacqui King-Mowatt (physiotherapist).
Combined Campuses and Colleges squad: Omar Phillips (capt), Floyd Reifer (player/coach), Ryan Austin, Miles Bascombe, Ruel Brathwaite, Romel Currency, Kavesh Kantasingh, Gilford Moore, Kjorn Ottley, Nekoli Parris, Raymon Reifer, Marlon Richards, Chadwick Walton, Ryan Wiggins, Barrington Yearwood.