|Ramdin: Barbados under pressure |
By KEVIN SUNICH Thursday, May 9 2013
TRINIDAD and Tobago will be going after their first Regional four-day title since 2006 when they take on home team Barbados in the final at the Kensington Oval starting today.
It has been an indifferent season for the twin island team which suffered three defeats in the tournament heading semifinal. They have been able to bounce back, avenging their defeat at the hands of Jamaica with a three wicket win in their semifinal on Sunday and are now a win away from the title.
However, standing in their way are the Barbadians who not only defeated TT in their last group match, but humiliated the home team with a 10-wicket win in two days. The visitors will not only be going after the title but will also be playing to restore some pride when the two teams meet.
TT skipper Denesh Ramdin said while his team is on a high after ousting the defending champions, they should not take the Bajans lightly. “It is important that we keep the focus and confidence after defeating the five-time defending champions Jamaica. It is definitely a big confidence booster for us and hopefully we could take it into the Barbados match,” said the skipper.
He said while TT has not done well this season and has lost to the Bajans, he feels the home team will be under more pressure. “I think we could surprise them and win the tournament since they are the ones who will be under pressure. They are playing at home and after beating us they are expected to win and hopefully this could work in our favour,” said Ramdin.
They are hoping to continue from where they left off in Jamaica. “Of course it will not be easy, but we are hoping that our players could come to the party and make TT proud once again. Our batting has been the major concern for us this season and once this could come through we are confident we could win the title,” said Khan.
The TT selectors have made one change to the 13-man squad which left on Wednesday. Former West Indies opener Adrian Barath who was left out of the squad for the Jamaica match, has been recalled at the expense of Kjorn Ottley who did not make the final 11 against Jamaica.
Barath who has scored three half centuries this season in six matches with a top score of 71 will be hoping to repay the selectors by getting among runs. He is coming off a half century in the domestic league over the weekend and the selectors are hoping he could apply himself in the same manner and give the team a good start along with Lendl Simmons who scored a fighting half century against Jamaica in the first innings.