|Red Force clash with Brisbane Heat |
By JONATHAN RAMNANANSINGH Sunday, September 22 2013
The Red Force will begin their 2013 Champions League Twenty20 campaign at 6.20 am TT time today when they take on Australian club Brisbane Heat in the tournament’s second match at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi, India, today.
The Caribbean team, led by wicket-keeper/ captain Denesh Ramdin, will go into today’s fixture with no matches on Indian soil under their belt as their practice match yesterday was cancelled due to rain.
TT are anticipating a tough start to this year’s edition but Ramdin is confident his experienced players will step up and deliver the goods.
“We have (the) experience of Rampaul, Narine and (Darren) Bravo and we can give a good account of ourselves. Hopefully, we can have a good tournament.”
The batting, cited as an area of importance by national selector Dudnath Ramkessoon, is expected to be tested today and coach David Williams, manager Omar Khan and Ramdin will have to decide on a suitable lineup.
Openers Adrian Barath, Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis are all capable and have showed good form with the bat recently.
Barath and Simmons have shone for their respective clubs at the just concluded Caribbean Premier League and have the edge with Champions League experience.
James Hopes, captain of Brisbane Heat, is also confident in his team and backed his bowling attack to give TT a lot of trouble.
The Aussie club can call on the services of Bajan pacer Kemar Roach as well as off-spinner Nathan Hauritz of Australia.
“I am pretty sure that Hauritz can have a good impact in the four overs that he is going to bowl,” Hopes said. “He is an experienced bowler. We have more than one spinner.”
TT will feel they have the advantage in the bowling department, though, with “mystery” spinner Sunil Narine, “leggie” Samuel Badree and pacer Rampaul leading the attack.
Rampaul, who competed in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the first time this year, has proven to be a top bowler for TT but is returning from an injury and has not been bowling at full throttle yet.
Also joining the line-up of TT bowlers are pacers Shannon Gabriel and Rayad Emrit, who also had great success at the inaugural CPLT20 this year.
TT squad: Denesh Ramdin, Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Nicholas Pooran, Samuel Badree, Adrian Barath, Navin Stewart, Rayad Emrit, Darren Bravo, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Mohammed, Sherwin Ganga and Yannick Ottley.
Brisbane Heat: James Hopes, Joe Burns, Daniel Christian, Ben Cutting, Peter Forrest, Matthew Gale, Cameron Gannon, Chris Hartley, Nathan Hauritz, Kemar Roach, Alex Kemp, Chris Lynn, Alister McDermott, Dom Michael, Chris Sabburg