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T&T settle despite bumpy start

By Roger Seepersad

After arriving in Barbados on Tuesday morning, the Trinidad and Tobago cricketers had to wait approximately four hours before they could check into their hotel rooms.
But despite the setback, T&T manager Manohar Ramsaran said the T&T contingent was still in good spirits and focused on the task ahead. T&T will take on Barbados in the fourth round of the Regional Four-day Championship at Kensington Oval starting tomorrow. According to a TTCB press release, “the 13-man T&T team, coming off their second successive victory in as many matches, landed at the Grantley Adams Airport on an early morning flight from Piarco International Airport and proceeded to their hotel only to be informed that their reservations were not made. As a result the cricketers, led by stand-in captain Rayad Emrit, were forced to loiter around the lobby of the Barbados Beach Resort with some players including Jonathan Augustus and coach Kelvin Williams stealing a nap on the sofa and lounge chairs in the reception area of the hotel.“
The release further stated: “It is understood that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) makes all the flight arrangements for the teams in the Regional Four-day tournament but the local cricket board, in this case the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA), are responsible for making sure all accommodation, meals and internal travel are in place.”
Ramsaran said yesterday: “Eventually everything was settled and we have decided to let what happened yesterday (Tuesday) go because we still have a game to play.”
Asked about the situation, Ramsaran said: “There was a mix-up but everything is okay now.” He explained that the team arrived at the hotel at around 8.30 a.m. and eventually checked in between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
“They offered us temporary accommodations as well as breakfast and lunch and I think the boys handled the situation well, especially the younger players who showed a lot of maturity in the circumstances,” the T&T manager added. He said the players rested on Tuesday and had a good training session yesterday.
“We rested okay and I think the players have put it behind them and are now looking forward to the game,” Ramsaran added.
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