Trinidad and Tobago's exploits in the Twenty20 arena have opened many doors for a number of senior players on the national team, and now T&T's youth cricketers are set to benefit.
The PowerGen Secondary Schools Cricket League has been invited to send an Under-18 squad for the second edition of the International Schools Cricket Premier League in Lucknow, India starting next week.
T&T Under-19 left-arm spinner Jovan Ali from Vishnu Boys will lead the 15-man squad, which leaves T&T for India on Tuesday. Also in the line-up are national Under-19 players, hard-hitting wicket-keeper Nicholas Pooran–vice captain of the squad–all-rounder Brian Christmas and opening batsman Jeremy Solozano.
President of the SSCL Sookoo Sonnylal said the tour will provide international exposure for the youngsters, and will help them to take their cricket to a higher level.
The tournament is being organised by the City Montessori School (CMS) and will run from January 25 to 29, with matches being played at CMS Kanpur Road Stadium and Jai Jagat Stadium in Lucknow.
There will be three matches being played each day starting on January 26 with the final match and awards presentation ceremony taking place at CMS Kanpur Road Stadium on January 29. The SSCL Under-18 team will be in action today in a practice match against UWI at Sir Frank Worrell Ground in St Augustine today from 6 p.m.
SSCL Under-18 Squad
Jovan Ali (captain; Vishnu Boys), Brian Christmas (Trinity College East), Jeremy Solozano (Hillview College), Nicholas Pooran (vice captain; Naparima College), Tion Webster (Barataria Secondary), Bryan Charles (Presentation College Chaguanas), Shaquille McDavid (El Dorado East), Mikel Riley (Success Laventille), Joshua Ramdoo (Fatima College), Camillo Carimbocas (Fatima College), Jesse Bootan (Hillview College), Dominic Nandlal (Siparia Secondary), Justin Joseph (Carapichaima East), Matthew Hollingsworth (Fatima College), Dejourn Charles (Signal Hill).
Keshava Ramphal (coach), Wesley Dookhoo (manager). • See Page 53