Friday, February 23, 2018

Mohammed raring to return vs CCC


GETTING READY: Trinidad and Tobago batsman Kieron Pollard, left, has a knock at the Queen's Park Oval nets during a team training session yesterday. T&T face Combined Campuses and Colleges in round five of the Regional Super50 tournament at the Oval tomorrow. —Photo: MICHAEL BRUCE

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Trinidad and Tobago fast bowler Ravi Rampaul and middle order batsman Jason Mohammed have recovered sufficiently from their respective injuries to be part of T&T's 13-man squad to face the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) in their upcoming Regional Super50 and Four-Day matches.

T&T meet CCC in a day/night Super50 fixture at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain tomorrow. The teams will square then off again at the same venue in round five of the Regional Four-Day Tournament, which bowls off on Saturday.

Mohammed was sidelined from T&T's 50 over and four-day clashes with Leeward Islands and Guyana due to a strained hamstring, while Rampaul missed T&T's previous home meetings against Guyana due to a slight knee injury.

T&T coach David Williams confirmed that both players have been passed fit to play in the upcoming matches and their presence will be a boost for the team, which will be without the regular skipper Denesh Ramdin, pacer Shannon Gabriel and middle order batsman Darren Bravo, who are all on West Indies duty.

Mohammed is eager to get back in the middle for T&T and is full of confidence after smashing a century for his club PowerGen Penal in the T&T Cricket Board Premier Division two-day competition over the weekend. The batsman is optimistic about his fitness.

"It is a lot better...still not 100 per cent," Mohammed told the media, "but I played over the weekend and I scored a hundred, so things are looking good.

"It (the century) brought back a lot of confidence after being out for two to three weeks. I have been working hard in the nets and hopefully I can repeat that kind of performance against CCC.

"It is nice to be back. It was a bit frustrating (being sidelined) after having a good start to the season. I am happy I am fit again and I just want to continue doing well for my country," he added.

Now that he is back, the right-handed batsman is looking for consistency.

"I have been trying to stay is a hard format to play with a one-day and then a four-day game, so I just want to be consistent. (I will try to) score a hundred or two, but being consistent will be my main goal," the middle order batsman insisted.

Looking ahead to the CCC game, Mohammed believes they will be challenging to overcome, but is also confident that the home team have what it takes to come out in top.

"Every time we play them, it always tends to be a tight encounter, but I think we have the fire power to beat them. We have Dwayne (Bravo) as captain and (Kieron) Pollard and Sunil (Narine) around, so we have a good chance. I am in good nick and I am just looking forward to the game on Thursday (tomorrow), and hoping to be in the final XI," he added.