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Difficult task for T&T selectors ahead of KFC Cup

There are difficult decisions to be made by the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board selection panel as they try to put together a formidable team that can successfully defend the regional KFC Cup limited overs title.

Although the selectors remain tight-lipped on the final composition of the squad, the chairman of selectors Dudnath Ramkissoon did say that coming up with a final 14 is proving to be quite a challenge.

"It will be difficult to make the final decision with all the players getting runs and taking wickets," Ramkissoon said. "A number of the batsmen are getting some runs which is very encouraging, but the bowling needs to be a little tighter. I think we are in a fortunate position where we have a wide range of players to choose from in terms of performances.

"There is only a certain number of people we can carry, and it is unfortunate that some players will have to be left out. It is not that they are not performing well, it is that the other guys are performing better at this point in time."

T&T have been preparing for the KFC Cup since late August. However, they will be without two key players for next month's tournament. "It is a bit unfortunate for us that two of our young players, Darren Bravo and Adrian Barath, who are performing very well and hitting very good, will not be in the national squad."

Bravo and Barath will be representing the West Indies Under-19 team in the KFC Cup as part of preparation for next year's ICC Under-19 World Cup.

"This will only give an opportunity for other players to come into the squad. All the Test players will be available - Ravi Rampaul, Denesh Ramdin, Dwayne Bravo- and of course they will strengthen the team. These guys will bring their experience not only to the matches, but having them training with the team will encourage the youngsters and will be an inspiration and motivation to them during the practice sessions."