Ramdin: We didn't execute well
For the first time, Trinidad and Tobago will not compete in the main draw of the 2012 Karbonn Smart Champions League T20, and captain Denesh Ramdin put yesterday's six-wicket loss to Yorkshire in Pool One of the qualifiers down to poor execution.
"We didn't execute our plans as we wanted to," Ramdin said following the defeat, which left T&T unable to qualify for the next phase of the competition.
"We lost early wickets and then we tried to get a partnership (going), but we didn't execute as well come the latter stages either. We should have prepared better mentally coming to South Africa, where the bounce is different," he reflected. T&T went all the way to the final in the inaugural edition in 2009 before losing to New South Wales, and were forced to qualify last year for the main stage, where they only just failed to make the semi-finals.
But Ramdin did not blame the late arrival from West Indies' World T20 triumph in Sri Lanka for the loss.
"The rest of the guys had one practice game and they lost but I told them to keep their heads up high. All of these guys are professional and we have some very young players as well so hopefully we can take some experience from this and when we go back home we can work on that."
Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale, though, was thrilled with their win over the Caribbean champions.
"It was a fantastic effort from us in both matches," Gale said. "Throughout the competition we are going to come up against real international stars. We've got a really good team spirit. We've done exceptionally well in the domestic competition and we are ready to take on the big stage."
Yorkshire, Gale said, are bent on flying the English flag after fellow country Hampshire were eliminated from Pool One.
"We know that some of the teams have been thrown together but we have played together all season," he said. "We don't fear anyone. We can just go into the main tournament with our head held high."