Rampaul wants more TT players in IPL

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - Red Force pacer, Ravi Rampaul, is hoping to use the 2013 edition of the Twenty20 Champions League to further launch his T20 career and earn contracts across the world.

Rampaul, who played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the first time this year while representing the Kolkata Knight Riders, was speaking to the media at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva, on Thursday. 

“Anytime you play, it’s always an opportunity in India, to have someone look at you and to perform and get contracts all over. For the whole team, it’s an opportunity to make something of yourself. (Ace spinner) Sunil Narine started his career in the Champions League so hopefully we can have good performances and more players from TT in the IPL,” Rampaul declared. 

The 28-year-old also boldly predicted that the Red Force will be in the final of the lucrative multi-club/nation tournament as they were in the inaugural competition in 2009. 

“Definitely, we have a good team. Most of the guys played in India already and (trump card) Sunil Narine is basically seasoned there so we have a good team and hopefully we could go all the way this year. From all the games we’ve played together, the team is gelling so we should do well, we should reach the final,” he continued. 

Commenting on his own form and fitness, the injury-prone fast bowler believes he is back to his best and is raring to get back into competitive action after he missed the entire Caribbean Premier League with an injury. 

“I’m feeling much better and happy to be back. Thank God for getting me back out on to the field and credit must go to my trainer Ronald Rogers and physio Oba Gulston for all the work they’ve been doing and helping me. I’m really excited and can’t wait for Champions League,” he stated. 

Rampaul noted that despite the Red Force playing a couple of practice matches in Guyana and two as well against the Windward Islands in Dominica, he has not been extending himself physically and has focused more on therapy work as he gets his body back to 100 percent for the Champions League campaign. 

The national team leaves on Monday for India and will play their opening fixture against the Brisbane Heat on September 22. Also in their group are the Chennai Super Kings, Titans and a team from the qualifying stage. 

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Sat, 09/14/2013 - 05:07