Weakened T&T call on Kantasingh
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh has been named in Trinidad and Tobago’s 13-man four-day squad for their clash with tournament leaders Jamaica starting here Friday.
The 25-year-old has been a key member of the Combined Campuses and Colleges attack in recent seasons but now seems set to make his debut for his country.
“Kantasingh has been around for a while playing for the CCC in regional cricket and has gotten a fair amount of success,” chairman of selectors, Dudnath Ramkessoon said.
“We need him at this present time because he is in form and of course his experience is an asset with this young team. This is a good opportunity for him with the national team and we wish him all the best.”
The beanpole bowler, currently reading for a degree in engineering at UWI St Augustine, has already played 31 first class games and captured 111 wickets at an average of 23.56 apiece.
Last season alone, he snatched a remarkable 42 wickets for CCC, averaging 17.80 per scalp.
Kantasingh has not suited up for CCC this season, leaving him available for T&T.
He is part of a new-look squad which will be led by all-rounder Reyad Emrit, with regular captain Denesh Ramdin with the West Indies squad in Barbados.
The squad is also without Ravi Rampaul who is ill, and openers Adrian Barath and Lendl Simmons who are both injured.
Mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine, along with all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard are also all on Windies duty.
Selectors have called up batsman Aneil Kanhai along all-rounder Sherwin Ganga, to boost the squad for the fifth round encounter scheduled for Queen’s Park Oval.
“Sherwin Ganga has the experience and when we look at the present situation we wanted experienced men in there,” Ramkessoon said.
“We are coming up against the defending champions and leaders Jamaica, so we have to be competitive.”
All-rounder Kevon Cooper, who campaigned in the recent Bangladesh Premier League, has also been included in the squad.
Jamaica, four-time defending champions, are atop the standing on 48 points from four wins and leads the second placed Trinidad and Tobago by 20 points.
SQUAD – Rayad Emrit (captain), Justin Guillen, Marlon Barclay, Imran Khan, Jason Mohammed, Kevon Cooper, Sherwin Ganga, Gibran Mohammed, Shannon Gabriel, Kavesh Kantasingh, Emile Rajah, Teshawn Castro, Aneil Kanhai.