Jaggernauth calls time on 4-Day career
TTCB Media Release.
Port of Spain, Trinidad - Outstanding Trinidad and Tobago offspinner Amit Jaggernauth has decided to retire from First Class cricket effective immediately.
The 30-year-old made the announcement to the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (T&TCB) on Thursday, April 17, 2015. They were forced to withdraw his name from the 13-man squad named the day before to play the Windward Islands in a regional four-day semi-final starting on Friday at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain.
Jaggernauth made his First Class debut for Trinidad and Tobago in 2002 and played 69 matches taking 265 wickets for 6,508 runs at an average of 24.55. His best bowling figures were 7/45 and he took five wickets or more 14 times in his career.
He was also a capable left-handed batsman who made 722 runs with a top score of 47.
Jaggernauth played one Test for the West Indies, in 2008, against the touring Australians at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.
At the time of his retirement, Jagernauth was a member of the Queen’s Park Cricket Club based at Tragarete Road in Port-of-Spain and campaigners in the Premier Division of the T&TCB.
Since making his debut Jaggernauth has been one of the most consistent performers in T&T domestic cricket, and in 2006-07 was the leading wicket-taker in the regional four-day competition, then called the Carib Beer Series.
He spent two summers in 2006 and 2007, playing league cricket in Sussex, England. He was the second-highest wicket-taker of the 2007-08 Carib BeerSeries with a haul of 40 wickets and was rewarded with a call-up to the Test side for the home series against Sri Lanka, although he did not make it into the starting line-up.
However, he made his Test debut in West Indies' next home series, against Australia at Sabina Park which proved to be his solitary foray at the highest level of the game.
On Thursday, president of the T&TCB Azim Bassarath, paid tribute to the talented cricketer who he said he has known since he first burst into the national limelight as an Under-15 to represent T&T at the regional level in Guyana.
Bassarath said Jaggernauth was also close to his family and was even honoured by the Superstars Sports Club of Moruga when he was called up to play for the national Under-15 team.
“Since then I have closely followed his career and was not surprised when he developed into becoming the best spinner in the Caribbean taking a regional best of 40 wickets in 2006-2007,” said Bassarath.
He said Jaggernauth’s prowess with the ball played a significant part in T&T last winning the regional four-day tournament honours in 2006 and the WICB Challenge Cup one year later. His performances prompted calls for the public for him to be selected on the West Indies Test team that year
“Although he played only one Test we were all quite happy that he got the opportunity to wear the maroon cap for the West Indies,” said Bassarath. He said Jaggernauth has accumulated a wealth of experience and would probably venture into coaching at some time.
A police officer by occupation, Jaggernauth is also said to be pursuing a law degree and Bassarath said the T&TCB extends their sincerest best wishes to him and his family for success in all future endeavours.
“We at the T&TCB will acknowledge his contribution to local cricket in some tangible fashion. We are sure that he will remain in the game as he has been involved in it since a toddler,” said Bassarath.
TTCB Media Release.