Saturday, February 24, 2018

Rampaul, Guillen replace Pollard, Dwayne Bravo

West Indies pacer Ravi Rampaul and opener Justin Guillen will replace all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard in the Trinidad and Tobago squad for their next regional four-day match against Barbados, bowling off next Friday at Kensington Oval, Barbados.

Bravo and Pollard both left for Bangladesh to take part in the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 which bowls off today.

Bravo was drafted into the Chittagong Kings franchise while Pollard will line up with the Dhaka Gladiators.

Lendl Simmons was also included in the T&T team for the Barbados clash after being forced to remain in the Caribbean for treatment following a knee injury sustained during T&T's 172-run win over the Combined Campuses and Colleges in the opening round of the four-day tournament last week.

Simmons, who was originally scheduled to be part of the Chittagong Kings team in the BPL T20, was struck on his knee in T&T's second innings against CCC.

Chairman of T&T selectors Dudnath Ramkessoon confirmed yesterday that the 25-year-old opener will not take part in the BPL but will be fit enough to take the field for Trinidad and Tobago in next week's match.

Rampaul, who missed T&T's opening win due to an injury, makes a timely return to the squad to boost the bowling and batting in the absence of Bravo and Pollard.

Queen's Park Cricket Club skipper Guillen is the only other addition to the T&T side and his inclusion will give coach Kelvin Williams an extra batting option heading to Barbados.

Ramkessoon also noted that former T&T skipper Daren Ganga "is still not 100 per cent match ready for the four-day game".

The Alescon Comets batsman is recovering from a back injury but took part in all of his club's Sunday League 50-over matches so far this season. He scored 31 in a losing effort against Moosai on Sunday and hit 43 in their win over Bamboo the previous Sunday.

Comets skipper Imran Khan is also in the T&T squad along with impressive mystery spinner Sunil Narine and stylish middle order batsman Darren Bravo.