MYSTERY MAN: Trinidad and Tobago spinner Sunil Narine bowls during the Regional Four-Day Tournament match against the Windward Islands at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain last weekend. Narine, who took ten wickets in the match as the home team won by four wickets, is among ten T&T cricketers called by the West Indies Cricket Board to participate in a fitness and training camp in Barbados ahead of the Australian tour to the West Indies (March 16-April 27). —Photo courtesy WICB

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Mystery spinner among 10 T&T players in Windies camp

By Roger Seepersad

Mystery spinner Sunil Narine is among ten Trinidad and Tobago players called by the West Indies Cricket Board to take part in a preparatory camp in Barbados ahead of the Australian tour of the Caribbean, which bowls off on March 16.

Also included in the camp are spinner Samuel Badree, all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, pacers Ravi Rampaul and Shannon Gabriel, wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin and batsmen Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons and Adrian Barath.

According to the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board's cricket operations manager Suruj Ragoonath, there will be two camps: a fitness and training camp from March 1-4 and a preparatory camp from March 5-12.

All players will be involved in the first camp, while Gabriel will not be taking part in the second.

The second camp is a cause for concern for Trinidad and Tobago because it will mean they will be without some of their key players for their crucial Regional Four-Day Tournament clash with Jamaica, which starts on March 9 at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain.

Narine has played a big part in T&T's success so far in the regional competition, taking 31 wickets in three matches at an average of 9.61 and an economy rate of 2.15.

He also has five five-wicket hauls and is the leading wicket-taker to date.

Apart from Narine, Trinidad and Tobago's best batsman, skipper Ramdin, is also in the camp and T&T could be in serious trouble if they lose both players.

Ramdin has 341 runs in three matches at an average of 85.25. which includes a half-century and an unbeaten 151.

Trinidad and Tobago are already missing three players due to injury.

Openers Barath and Simmons both missed T&T's match against the Windward Islands last weekend, while Rampaul has not featured for the national team so far in the four-day campaign.

With all those injuries, the return of Dwayne Bravo and Pollard from the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 competition would have been a boost for T&T, but the duo were also selected to take part in the WICB camps.

Commenting on the situation, TTCB chairman of selectors Dudnath Ramkessoon said: "The problem we have now and what we are looking into is that camp (from March 5-12) which will certainly upset the team because of the number of people we have in that camp.

"This is a very important game for both teams and it is not only T&T that will be affected. Jamaica will also be affected. It is difficult to have a camp when there are important territorial games taking place," Ramkessoon added.

TTCB director on the WICB, Dr Allen Sammy, said that the situation with the clash of dates of the pre-series camp and the fifth round of the regional four-day tournament was brought to the attention of WICB president Julian Hunte at their last meeting.

"The president instructed the CEO (Ernest Hilaire) to look at that immediately," Sammy added.

T&T players called

for WI training camps:

Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Adrian Barath, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Denesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard, Shannon Gabriel, Samuel Badree.

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