PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Trinidad and Tobago will be at full strength for the defence of their Caribbean T20 Championship in the 2013 edition of the tournament which bowls off in early January in T&T and St Lucia.
Yesterday, the T&T Cricket Board (T&TCB) announced a 14-man squad which will be captained by Denesh Ramdin and includes leading players Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine and Ravi Rampaul.
The five players along with Samuel Badree and Lendl Simmons were on the West Indies team which lifted the ICC World T20 Championships last month in Sri Lanka.
However Dwayne Bravo has been nursing an injury which has kept him out of the West Indies tour of Bangladesh which is currently underway. Bravo, however, is expected to be fit to play in the Caribbean T20.
Trinidad and Tobago will be going after a hat-trick of victories in the regional tournament whose winner earns a place in the Champions League T20 which has been staged in India and South Africa.
While Ramdin is due back after the Second Test against Bangladesh which ends on Sunday in Khulna, Pollard has been named West Indies vice-captain for the One-Day International and T20 leg of the tour.
Over the past weeks the T&T-based players not on international duty have been involved in training sessions under technical director David Williams and Kelvin Williams who has responsibility for youth development and trainer Ronald Rogers.
Chairman of the national selectors Dudnath Ramkeesoon in announcing the national squad said he was confident that the powerful line-up has the potential to retain the Caribbean title.
He also expressed his pleasure with the availability of T20 stars Bravo, Pollard and Narine who he said are expected to play a crucial role in the fortunes of the team in the 2013 competition.
Denesh Ramdin (Captain)
First Published In The Trinidad Guardian Newspaper.