|TT officials delighted to get Narine back |
By JONATHAN RAMNANANSINGH Saturday, December 29 2012
Sunil Narine’s presence for Trinidad and Tobago’s opening Caribbean Twenty20 clash against Jamaica provides a tremendous competitive advantage for a positive start from the “Red Force” team.
The decorated 2013 edition of the regional tournament bowls off at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, on January 6 and will see the Caribbean’s biggest rivals clash heads in a heated opening encounter.
There were reports previously emanating from Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) officials that Narine and Kieron Pollard would miss TT’s opener due to commitments with their respective clubs in the current Australian Big Bash.
Speaking to two Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) officials yesterday, Suruj Ragoonath and Dr Allen Sammy, both members agreed that Narine’s inclusion would play a vital role in leading TT to victory over a strong Jamaican team.
“For Sunil to be playing for any team in the world is a major strength for them. We are lucky to have him back for the opener. With his experience from the Australian Big Bash and the Indian Premier League, he is sure to be an asset for the national team against Jamaica,” said Ragoonath, chief executive office of the TTCB. With the likes of leg-spinner Samuel Badree and pacer Ravi Rampaul in the TT line-up, Narine’s presence may be the final piece to a spectacular bowling attack.
Having competed in several international competitions over the past year, Narine shot to global stardom with his ability to spin the ball in both directions.
He continues to be a destroyer of batting orders and has permanently stamped his name on many seasoned top batsmen.
“Narine’s presence will definitely be a big boost for the squad. Not only for the opening match but for the remaining games that follow. We are expecting great things from Sunil in this Caribbean tournament,” Ragoonath added.
Dr Sammy shared similar sentiments and was happy to hear that Narine was the latest addition to the local squad. He was pleased to know that the national team was able to amplify their bowling line-up with such a stalwart player.
“The thing about Sunil is that he has many big batsmen all across the world still confused as to his bowling style. Spinning the ball in both directions, his hand, his wrist and his body movement all play a major role in his tactics,” stated Dr Sammy.
While the cricketing world has openly welcomed and appreciated Narine’s mystery spin, Dr Sammy also hoped that his presence in this tournament would provide even more recognised opportunities for the unique spinner.
“This is his chance once more to show the Caribbean what he’s made of. And to top if off, he will be playing on home-soil so I’m sure he’ll be comfortable playing in front of his home crowd once more. He will have a lot fo support,” Dr Sammy explained.
“He has to continue to prove himself. He has done it already and we hope for his consistency. Sunil needs to keep honing his talent and show the world that he is one of the best spinners coming out of the West Indies,” he explained.