Sunday, February 18, 2018

Pollard back for T&T against CCC

Having not played in a major competition since the Champions League tournament in India last October, Kieron Pollard is set to continue his recovery from a knee injury in the Regional Four-day Championship against the Combined Campuses and Colleges this weekend at the Queen’s Park Oval.

Pollard, who has been sidelined following knee surgery late last year, is one of two changes to the Trinidad and Tobago squad for their game against CCC. Experienced off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth also returns to the team to bolster an attack that lacked penetration against new leaders Barbados. T&T, winners of their first two matches against The Windward and Leeward Islands, crashed to a massive innings and 160-run defeat at Kensington Oval last Sunday, the Bajans declaring on 479 for eight.

Pollard returned to competitive action last weekend for his club Queen’s Park Cricket Club in their Premier Division fixture against Esmeralda Sports, failing to score in his sole innings. But the selectors will be hoping that the West Indies big-hitter will be able to use his experience to help bolster a middle order that struggled without the injured century-maker against the Leewards, Akeal Hosein.

Hosein’s prolific form with the ball was also missed by T&T, but Jaggernauth—second only to Rangy Nanan as the most prolific bowler for the national team in regional cricket—will be expected to fill the breach.

All-rounders Yannic Cariah and Daron Cruickshank make way for the Queen’s Park pair for this day/night game, starting at 3 p.m.

Cruickshank and Yannic Cariah.

T&T squad:

Rayad Emrit (Captain), Adrian Barath, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Jason Mohammed, Jonathan Augustus, Imran Khan, Steven Katwaroo, Shannon Gabriel, Amit Jaggernauth, Kieron Pollard

Ricky Jaipaul, Marlon Richards, Kelvin Williams (Coach), Manohar Ramsaran (Manager), Clinton Jeremiah (Physio), Dinesh Mahabir (Analyst)