|Rayad Emrit looking forward to 2014 season |
By STEPHON NICHOLAS Wednesday, January 15 2014
NATIONAL all-rounder Rayad Emrit is looking forward to a positive season with the Red Force after coming back from a shoulder injury which had sidelined him for close to 14 weeks.
Emrit picked up the injury while playing against the Mumbai Indians on October 5 during the semi-finals of the Twenty20 Champions League in India which this country lost by six wickets. He made his return to competitive action last Friday during a three-day trial match at the National Cricket Centre, Balmain, Couva.
“This was like breaking the ice. It was nice to get back on the field after 13 to 14 weeks out. I did a lot of work with the physio Oba (Gulston) and I thank God because it could have been worse,” he said.
The medium pacer bowled nine overs while taking one wicket in the match and stroked a solid 72 for the Yannick Ottley XI which compiled a massive first innings total of 459 in the drawn match against the Kevon Cooper XI.
“I’m pleased with the way I am (playing) and it could only get better from here. I’m looking forward to the tournament (Regional Super 50) later this month. Most of the (West Indies) players are available and we have a lot of guys who are capable. We have a good chance to go all the way,” the Merry Boys player declared.
Commenting on TT’s chances in the Regional Four-Day Tournament which TT have not won in seven years, Emrit acknowledged that it is going to be a difficult campaign, but is seeing signs that some of the younger players are maturing and can boost their chances.
There were some decent scores from the batsmen in the two trial matches thus far from the likes of opener Evin Lewis (124), Jonathan Augustus (85), Nicholas Pooran (130 not out) and Petrock Nicholas (60) while veteran Jason Mohammed also showed his worth with some good knocks.
“There are a lot of new guys that come in for the four-day tournament and there are going to be ups and downs. We had a (team) discussion and it’s really how bad the youngsters want it. Our batsmen batted some longer innings and that is really our problem in the four-day (competition), but it seems that they are now understanding (what is required). We are going to be there and thereabout (competing),” he continued.
Meanwhile, the 32-year-old, who impressed tremendously with the Barbados Tridents in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League noted that he still harbours hope of playing for the West Indies. “I hope (people are recognising my value). I’m not going to give up and get comfortable. I want to represent the Caribbean at the highest level and whoever I play for I’m going to play my best. I really want to have a good season and open the right people’s eyes,” he declared.