Trinidad and Tobago will return home this weekend after crashing out of the Champions League Twenty20, following a six-wicket loss to Yorkshire in their first qualifying match, at Centurion in South Africa, on Wednesday.
T&T manager Omar Khan told the Express, yesterday, that though the players were disappointed by the loss, they have accepted it and are moving on.
"They are looking ahead. We have the Caribbean Twenty20 in January and the four-day and 50-over tournaments. We have tremendous talent and ability in the team, we just have to keep working hard and the team will keep improving."
Speaking about the loss to Yorkshire, Khan said: "Yes we are very disappointed but at the same time 148 is a total I would back this team to defend anytime."
On Wednesday, after electing to bat first, T&T found themselves under pressure with three wickets down after three overs, before skipper Denesh Ramdin scored 59 and Darren Bravo made 45 to take the Caribbean T20 champions to a competitive 148 for nine.
In reply, Yorkshire were 51 for four in the ninth over, but the T&T bowlers could not get the remaining wickets.
"We have always done very well defending totals, but the bowlers just did not adjust quickly enough to bowling the correct length," said Khan.
Asked about the decision to bat first against Yorkshire, the T&T manager said: "Hindsight is a great thing. You can reflect on all the things you could have done differently but that cannot change the result.
"At the end of the day we came back well. We had some fielding lapses and the bowling was inconsistent but we have to move forward and move on."
Khan also defended the inclusion of Kevon Cooper in the team, after the allrounder picked up a groin strain in their warm-up match on Sunday.
"Obviously, he was not 100 percent fit, but he is such a key player that we needed him there, and with the options we had we thought it was the best choice."
Commenting on T&T's performance in their second match, which was abandoned due to rain yesterday, Khan said: "That was fantastic. That was the highest score so far and it was the type of score we knew our batting was capable of."
T&T scored 181 for three against Sri Lankan champions Uva Next, and Shannon Gabriel took a wicket with his first ball before rain intervened.