Trinidad & Tobago will look to confirm their qualification to the league stage of the CLT20 with a win over Leicestershire Foxes on Tuesday © AFP
By CricketCountry Staff
Hyderabad: Sep 20, 2011
Trinidad and Tobago set the right foot forward as they got their qualifiers campaign off to a winning start. However, they will be facing a tougher challenge when they take on Leicestershire, who would be determined to keep the Caribbean side off the Champions League.
The Daren Ganga-led side did manage to overcome the Ruhunu Rhinos in the opening match of the CL T20 qualifiers and keep alive their hopes of making it to the main event. However, there is a lot room for improvement, having witnessed their performance in that game.
Leicestershire, the champions of the Friends Provident League will be making their first appearance in the Champions League and they would want to make their presence felt immediately. Following a pretty long T20 season, which started on June 1 this year, Leicestershire, who played 18 matches in total, made their trip to India along with Somerset, who they defeated by 18 runs in the finals.
The team may not comprise of star players, but what they have is a bunch of talented players who have proved their worth in the T20 format. In Andrew McDonald, they have the highest run-accumulator of the FL T20 2011 – McDonald scored 584 runs at an average of 53.09, including 7 half-centuries. The team also consists of youngsters like James Taylor and Joshua Cobb who have been performing consistently with the bat. Experienced players like Paul Nixon and Will Jefferson provide the ideal balance to the side. Not to forget, the English county side also has the Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, who can prove to be a lethal proposition for the opponents, especially in sub-continent conditions.
Trinidad and Tobago squad
Daren Ganga(c), Denesh Ramdin(wk), Ravi Rampaul, William Perkins, Jason Mohammed, Rayad Emrit, Darren Bravo, Samuel Badree, Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Dave Mohammed, Shannon Gabriel, Kevon Cooper, Adrian Barath, Sherwin Ganga
Matthew Hoggard(c), Paul Nixon(wk), James Taylor, Andrew McDonald, Claude Henderson, Jacques Du Toit, Nathan Buck, Abdul Razzaq, Wayne White, Greg Smith, Jigar Naik, Will Jefferson, Harry Gurney, Joshua Cobb, Matthew Boyce
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