All rounders Sherwin Ganga and Teshawn Castro joined the Trinidad and Tobago senior cricketers in Jamaica yesterday for their regional 50-over match against the hosts tomorrow at Sabina Park.
T&T are looking to rebound from a devastating defeat to the Jamaicans in the four-day format of the game. The Jamaicans won the match in three days, handing Trinidad and Tobago a 93 runs defeat after dismissing the visitors for totals of 121 and 192.
But Denesh Ramdin's men are unbeaten this thus far in the One-Day format of the game, where they have won all four matches played, against Guyana, Leewards islands, Windward Islands and the Combined Campus and Colleges.
"In the shorter format of the game Trinidad and Tobago have been performing well and we expect the guys to do well again," manager Omar Khan said of tomorrow's meeting with Jamaica.
Khan expects that all-rounders Ganga and Castro will add some punch to the attack after replacing Kavesh Kantasingh and Amit Jaggernauth. But he thinks that batting is where Trinidad and Tobago needs to improve most.
The former West Indies manager said that although there was some issues with the Sabina Park pitch on the first two days of the four day match, there was no denying that T&T batted poorly. Having dropped to fourth after defeat to Jamaica, Khan thinks Trinidad and Tobago still has a chance of reaching the semi-finals providing they win at home next week against Barbados.
According to Khan the onus is on players such as openers Adrian Barath and Lendl Simmons and others with experience at international level to take responsibility for their batting.
"The batsmen have to look at themselves and take (responsibility). When we bowled out Jamaica for 147 in the (first) innings the expectation was that we would have at least gone on to take first innings points. Instead the batting collapsed," Khan said. "They can't blame the bowlers becase the bowlers did their job."
This may also be the reasoning behind selectors' call up for Ganga, who has not played a 50-over match for T&T since October 2011, and has been unable to make T&T's squad in any of the three formats played regional since T&T's failure in the Champions League qualifiers in South Africa in 2012.
T&T 50-Over Team:
Adrian Barath, Lendl Simmons, Kjorn Ottley, Jason Mohammed, Denesh Randin (captain), Sherwin Ganga, Rayad Emrit, Yannic Cariah, Yannick Ottley, Marlon Richards, Shannon Gabriel, Imran Khan, Teshawn Castro; Omar Khan (manager), David Williams (coach).