Ganga ruled out T&T 4 day opener
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad CMC – Injury has sidelined Daren Ganga for Trinidad & Tobago’s opening match in the Regional 4-day tournament against Combined Campuses & Colleges, starting on February 3 at the Three Ws Oval in Barbados.
The former T&T captain has battled a back injury for the last few months, had started back light training in recent weeks, and was looking forward to be given the all-clear by his doctor on Thursday.
“[Daren] saw his doctor concerning his back injury and he is not fully fit to take up his position on the team at present,” said Dudnath Ramkessoon, the T&T chairman of selectors.
“Most likely he will be playing in the domestic league this weekend in a bid to get back to full fitness in time for the other matches.”
The Red Fury will also be without West Indies fast Ravi Rampaul for the tournament opener due to an ankle inury.
“We have a bye for the next round, which gives him time to recuperate and hopefully he would be ready for our next match to lead the bowling line-up,” said Ramkessoon.
Nine players from the Caribbean Twenty20-winning squad are retained for the match, including all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard.
Four players that failed to the CT20 cut have grabbed a place. They are all-rounder Imran Khan, fellow leg-spinner Yannic Cariah, as well as fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, a product of the West Indies High Performance Centre, and Atiba Allert.
Ramkessoon said the squad was talented, yet balanced and gave T&T an overwhelming chance to make a strong start to the tournament.
“I think that this team we have selected will do T&T proud,” he said. “It is the best possible team we could have chosen, given the resources available to us and we are confident they will do well.
“There are a number of players in there, that represented the country in the recently-concluded CT20, and one hopes that they could make a quick adjustment to the four-day game.
“We are looking to win this tournament this year. The four-day title has eluded us for a while but we are determined to build on our T20 success.”
T&T reached the semi-finals of last year’s tournament, but they failed to advance any further in controversial circumstances, when their match against four-time defending champions Jamaica ended in a no-result.
The Red Fury were unaware of the tournament rules that affected the qualification for the Final and missed out on their chances.
T&T were last R4 champions six years ago.
Denesh Ramdin (captain), Atiba Allert, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Yannic Cariah, Rayad Emrit, Shannon Gabriel, Imran Khan, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons