Monday, February 19, 2018

Ganga out Jamaica match

Daren Ganga will miss next week’s regional four day match against Jamaica at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.

This was confirmed by chairman of selectors Dudnath Ramkessoon yesterday who said the former T&T skipper will be in England on for a graduation ceremony in connection with his law degree, which he completed last year.

“The graduation ceremony is the 12 and 13 in England so he will not be available for that important match,” Ramkessoon said.

“Seeing that we are missing so many players already, I think it was important for us to have his experience around in the team because he was our leading scorer last year, so it is another setback for us. He is a senior player and his services will be missed.

“It is unfortunate that he had this other commitment but we are still going to remain positive about our chances against them (Jamaica),” Ramkessoon added.

T&T are already without the injured Lendl Simmons and the ill Ravi Rampaul, who is recovering from dengue fever, and they are likely to be missing a few more players when the West Indies limited overs team is selected sometime next week.

T&T have eight players in the running for places on the ODI side, including their leading batsmen so far this season Denesh Ramdin and Darren Bravo and their leading bowler, off-spinner Sunil Narine.

Opener Adrian Barath is also in contention but he is still recovering from a finger injury sustained against Barbados two weeks ago.

Ramdin is also nursing an injury and could be left out of the West Indies team if the WICB selectors feel he will not be able to keep wicket against the touring Australians.

But Ramkessoon said the TTCB will wait until the WICB selects its team for the ODIs before it makes its final selection for the Jamaica clash.

Looking ahead, Ramkessoon said: “We are going into the match with a positive outlook. We have players who can deliver at this level and this will give them an opportunity to show that they belong in the team.

“It is a rather unfortunate sequence of events but we have to play the best team possible and I think we have capable young players who are good enough to be effective at the higher level,” said Ramkessoon.