Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Kantasingh, others vying for spots in CCC match

Although he has not made it into the Trinidad and Tobago starting line-up so far this season, left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh is still optimistic that he will get an opportunity to play and is confident he can make a difference if called on.

Kantasingh, who has 135 first-class wickets from 35 matches, has been overlooked for a starting XI spot, with leg-spinners Imran Khan and Yannic Cariah and off-spinners Sunil Narine and Amit Jaggernauth, getting the nod so far this season.

Cariah has emerged as T&T's leading wicket-taker so far with ten victims from two matches, while Narine also has ten from his lone match against Guyana in the previous round.

Once available, both should be in the T&T line-up to face the Combined Campuses and Colleges in the next round of matches bowling off on Saturday at Queen's Park Oval.

Jaggernauth will also be in the reckoning with eight wickets from three matches but after going wicket-less in his previous outing, his spot might be scrutinised when the T&T selectors, chaired by Dudnath Ramkessoon, meet today to select the team.

Ramkessoon also confirmed that Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Narine will all be available for the clash against CCC and that the squad will be announced tomorrow.

"I am just looking to be patient and wait for my opportunity and try to make the best of it when I do get a chance to play," Kantasingh told the Express.

"I have been in the team for the first couple of games and (although I did not make the starting line-up), I have been trying to gain some more experience in four-day cricket," he added.

The spinner also believes he can be an asset for T&T in the match against the CCC, a team he represented from 2008 to 2011.

Kantasingh's best performance for CCC came in 2011 when he took 42 wickets to take the team to the four-day final.

The spinner, who plies his trade with PowerGen Penal in the T&T Cricket Board Premier Division, grabbed 24 wickets for T&T in four matches last season.

"I think it will be a good opportunity for me to play against CCC. I know a lot of these guys having played with them for a couple of years so I am just looking to bring that experience from playing with CCC to the T&T team," said Kantasingh.

Despite not starting this season, the spinner is keeping busy.

"I have been working in the nets, training as hard as possible to keep my fitness up, so when I do get the opportunity to play, I will be ready.

"I am ready and eager and waiting for my chance," he added.

Kantasingh's club teammates will also be hoping for recalls to the T&T squad to face CCC.

Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed and Ravi Rampaul are trying to get back in the line-up.

Lewis played two matches before he was dropped, while Mohammed and Rampaul were both sidelined by injury.

Mohammed, in his first competitive outing since recovering from a strained hamstring, slammed an unbeaten 102 with 11 fours and three sixes for PowerGen against Hafeez Karamath Limited Aranjuez Sports yesterday and that innings could help him force his way back into the T&T squad.

Kjorn Ottley's century for Moosai Sports against Alescon Comets on Saturday could also put him in contention.