The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force will not have to face Rahkeem Cornwall, when they take on the Leeward Islands Hurricanes when the Regional Four-Day cricket championship resumes on Friday after the Christmas break.
Cornwall the big West Indies “A” team off-spinner and hard-hitting batsman has not travelled with the Hurricanes for their seventh round match at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain because of injury.
“It's a big blow for us. We rely heavily on him,” Hurricanes coach Winston Benjamin said yesterday of the man who has taken 22 wickets so far for the fourth placed Hurricanes .
Cornwall, who captained the team in the absence of West Indies Test player Kieran Powell will be replaced by off-spinner Shem Holder.
“Hopefully he has a good start and progresses from there,” Benjamin said.
Meanwhile, Red Force coach Kelvin Williams described tomorrow's match as “critical” as his side seeks to reclaim second spot from the Jamaica Scorpions.
“I think we need to start the year well. We finished (2017) on a really poor note as far as the four-day cricket was concerned,” Williams told the Express.
The Red Force were beaten by the Barbados Pride by 207 runs at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy two-and-a-half weeks ago.
He is hoping that the recall of Yannic Cariah and all-rounder Tion Webster to the squad after both were dropped for the match against the Pride, will have the desired positive effect on the middle order batting.
“It's very important that they understand the reason why they are being recalled, to make sure they put runs on the board,” Williams said.