Darren Ganga confident of T&T's chances in Champions League T20

Captain of Trinidad & Tobago, Darren Ganga (in the picture) feels that his team should able to qualify for the main draw of the CLT20 considering their good performance in the inauguration of the league two years ago Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Port of Spain (Trinidad), Sep 14, 2011

Captain of Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) team, Darren Ganga feels confident of his team s chances in the upcoming T20 Champions League, starting September 19 in India.

Ganga feels that his team should able to qualify for the main draw of the league considering their good performance in the inauguration of the league two years ago.

T&T have the confidence of beating finalist of the inaugural tournament two years ago.

The national team will compete with Ruhuna Rhinos of Sri Lanka and Leicestershire of England in the qualifying stages of the competition.

A confident Ganga spoke to the media before leaving the Caribbean island. He was quoted in Jamaica Observer as saying, “As T20 cricket goes, it’s very difficult for us to predict results before we play,” said Ganga on the eve of his team’s departure.

“Sometimes our best efforts are not good enough for the opposition and that’s the nature of sport.”

He added: “We try to leave everything on the field, meaning that we give our best effort on the field.

“What I could say is that we have worked very hard as a team to prepare. For the last two months, every single player in this room has dedicated their lives, and their time towards preparing for this challenge. We firmly believe that we will play good cricket.

“T&T are scheduled to play Indian premier League (IPL) side, Kolkata Knight Riders in a warm-up match before the qualifying matches begin.

Manager of the T&T team, Omar Khan said the players in the team are very excited about playing in the league and will give their best to win the trophy this year.

With just a day to go before we head off to India, the players would not have been focussed on training,” he said.

“I think they are all just anxious to get to India, and get down to business. We gave them the day off [on Monday] to attend to their personal business and from [Wednesday] it is serious cricket business,” the manager was quoted in Jamaica Observer.

He added, “We are hoping to settle quickly in India and hit the ground running. We have quality players and once they play intelligent cricket, I see no reason us not doing very well in the tournament.

“Looking at our team, we have a number of seasoned T20 players and this would prove to be an advantage for us.”This year, T&T will be without the services of their star players Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo as the two have chosen to play for their respective IPL franchises, Mumbai Indians and IPL champions Chennai Super Kings.

Team — Daren Ganga (c), Samuel Badree, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Kevon Cooper, Rayad Emrit, Sherwin Ganga, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Mohammed, Dave Mohammed, Sunil Narine, William Perkins, Dinesh Ramdin (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Lendl Simmons.