Thursday, December 14, 2017

Murray wants ‘right balance’

Former West Indies wicketkeeper Deryck Murray says he wants to see the right combination of players selected for Trinidad and Tobago’s four-day semifinal against Jamaica, which bowls off next Thursday at Sabina Park, Jamaica. 

Murray said: “This is a one-off game and will be played in particular conditions in Jamaica. They have to look at the batting and the spin options and come up with the right balance because they always looked as though they were one batsman short.”

Those comments come on the heels of T&T’s recent losses in the Regional four-day and Super50 tournament.

Denesh Ramdin’s men were soundly beaten by Barbados in two days in their final regional four-day tournament round robin match at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.

Then they were embarrassed by the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) in the Regional Super50 semifinal, losing by 140 runs at Kensington Oval, Barbados.

The team’s poor showing came as a result of their struggles with the bat. They were dismissed for 109 and 129 against Barbados, and were 92 all out in reply to CCC’s 232 for seven in the Super50 semi.

“They also have to go back to the basics, starting by looking at our strengths,” the Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC) president added.

“They also need to look at how the team is selected and the team’s preparation for the game, which will take place in particular conditions, which the players need to be prepared for.”

The former T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) president said that at this stage in the competition, wholesale changes to the squad might not be the way to go, adding that the management needed to get the players in the right frame of mind for a four-day semi.

It is a sentiment shared by coach David Williams who, in a recent interview with the Express, said: “We may think about strengthening the batting a bit, but you can play nine batsmen but if the guys don’t apply themselves and do what is necessary, you will still get low scores.”

The T&T selectors, chaired by Dudnath Ramkessoon, will meet today to try and come up with the right balance of players for the Regional four-day semi. Ramkessoon said it was difficult to say what, if any, changes will be made ahead of the game.

Ramkessoon and his fellow selectors, Alec Burns, Narine Bedhesi, Roland Sampath, T&T skipper Ramdin, Williams and former head coach Kelvin Williams, meet today with a lot to think about and with some critical decisions to be made.