Kowlessar: TT have chance to beat Jamaica
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Second vice-president of the TT Cricket Board (TTCB) Lalman Kowlessar feels Trinidad and Tobago could turn the tables on Jamaica when the two teams meet in the semi-final of the Regional Four-day tournament at Sabina Park, Thursday.
The defending champions defeated TT inside of three days when the teams met in the round robin segment.
While he feels it will be a mountainous task since the Jamaicans who have been unbeaten are playing at home, Kowlessar said once the senior players step up, the possibilty exists that the twin island could spring a surprise on the host.
“Denesh Ramdin has to lead from the front and we need the other senior batsmen to make valuable contributions. Only one century was scored by a TT batsman this season and we will need at least one in this match. We have to play positive cricket and play the match session by session,” said the TTCB second vice-president.
Kowlessar said TT has a lot of talented players but believes application is what is lacking from the batsmen. “We have good batsmen, but the problem is they are not applying themselves out in the middle.
Their shot selection have not been good and it has cost us a lot, but the potential is very much there, they just need to stay focused. We have to go in there and fight the game.
We have been folding up too easy and we need to get our act together and play for Trinidad and Tobago. Play for pride, play for our people,” said the youth selector.
He said the inclusion of U-19 player Jeremy Solozano is a good move and he expects the Hillview Lower Six student to give a good account of himself.
“Solozano is a very good young player and very disciplined and I expect him to give more than 100 percent out there. Akeal Hosein is also a good player and I think they will do their best. These young players will be aiming to make the best of their first call-up,” said Kowlessar.
The TTCB official said the only concern has been the batting since the bowlers have been able to dismiss opponents but the batting has let us down throughout the season.
He said TT will also have to put their defeat at the hands of Barbados behind.
“There will be memories of the Barbados match, but the players will have to forget the past and look at the present. They need to believe in themselves and know from the outset that they have a chance.
“This is another match and they have a chance to turn their fortunes around and give Jamaica a run for their money.”
Denesh Ramdin (captain), Lendl Simmons, Jeremy Solozano, Jason Mohammed, Kjorn Ottley, Akeal Hosein, Steven Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Rayad Emrit, Amit Jaggernauth, Yannic Carriah, Shannon Gabriel and Marlon Richards.