|Khan wants TT batsmen be positive |
By STEPHON NICHOLAS Saturday, March 30 2013
OMAR Khan, manager of the Trinidad and Tobago cricket team, has implored his batsmen to be positive against Jamaican left-arm spinner Nikita Miller when the two teams meet in their WICB Regional Four-Day match today at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica.
The match is expected to be a cracker with the second (Jamaica) and third-place (TT) teams in the standings battling for semifinal spots.
The undefeated hosts are a perfect three wins from as many fixtures and a tally of 36 points while TT are also on 36 points but have won three and lost one.
Jamaica’s unblemished record thus far has a lot to do with the form of Miller who has grabbed 30 wickets from just three matches with a splendid economy rate of 1.50.
The 30-year-old currently trails only Shane Shillingford (36 wickets) for most wickets this season.
Although acknowledging the threat of Miller, Khan said his batsmen must not get bogged down by the spinner.
“It’s something we need to be positive about and play it as we see it. He is one of the bowlers the players will be discussing in the team meeting tonight (yesterday) but the batsmen must go out there and do what is required,” the ex-Windies manager declared.
Asked what type of wicket he is expecting for today’s match, Khan revealed that he was not certain as the wicket that was prepared differs from previous matches Jamaica hosted.
“It’s difficult to say because we’ve heard the wickets in Jamaica were playing low and spinning. This wicket though, we got a report that it has a bit of grass,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Khan is not underestimating the Jamaica batting lineup which has yet to fire this season. The Jamaicans, although flawless, have been scraping victories due to their bowlers and in particular Miller.
No Jamaican has scored a century so far and the team has registered scores of just 165, 188, 209, 225, 207 and a horrendous 97 all out collapse against the Windwards.
Nevertheless, Khan says he respects the Jamaican batting and their veteran players.
“Our bowlers have been doing the job and once we bowl a consistent line and length we will do well. We know (their batting) is not as strong but they have players like Tamar Lambert and Dave Bernard Jr that have been around for quite a while,” he commented.
Looking at his own team’s batting, the TT manager believes the top order batsmen such as Adrian Barath and Lendl Simmons need to push on when they get starts and reach triple figures. Barath has a top score of 71 while Simmons’ is 70.