The Trinidad and Tobago youngsters delivered against the Leeward Islands. Now it is time for the senior players to step up and perform against Guyana.
That was the message from T&T skipper Denesh Ramdin, ahead of their four-day clash against Guyana which starts today at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain.
Ramdin, speaking to the media following the home team's training session at the match venue yesterday, praised the younger players for their good performances in T&T's win over the Leewards when T&T were missing some of their senior players, who were drafted into the West Indies team to face Zimbabwe in two Twenty20 Internationals.
Coming up big for T&T in the previous round were young leg-spinner Yannic Cariah who scored 82 in the second innings, Yannick Ottley and debutant wicket-keeper Steven Katwaroo. Both Ottley and Katwaroo scored half centuries in the first innings.
Reflecting on the season so far, Ramdin said: "We went to St Vincent to play the Windward Islands and with the team we had on paper, we were expected to blow them away.
"They came out and played disciplined cricket and beat us in all departments, and we didn't show up at all.
"And then we went to St Kitts to face the Leewards. We were missing a couple players, and younger players really stepped up. We have our senior players back now (and) there is some pressure on us seeing how the younger players are doing. Now it is (up to) us to perform as senior players."
T&T will be boosted by the inclusion of spinner Sunil Narine, allrounders Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo and middle-order batsman Darren Bravo.
Also coming back into the squad are opening batsman Lendl Simmons, skipper Ramdin and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who were all part of the T&T side that lost to the Windwards.
T&T will be without pacer Ravi Rampaul who, according to manager Omar Khan, picked up a minor injury against the Leewards and will be rested as a precaution.
Cariah is also out of the side after being called up to the Sagicor High Performance Centre (HPC) team to face Zimbabwe in a three-day contest bowling off tomorrow, at the Desmond Haynes Oval, Barbados.
"The youngsters did a great job for us. We know how important it is for us to go out there and win this game. They (Guyana) have a good team with (Shivnarine) Chanderpaul, (Ramnaresh) Sarwan, and we have the Bravos and Pollard and Shannon Gabriel so we have a powerful side on paper, but at the same time it is about execution on the day," said Ramdin.
T&T—Denesh Ramdin (captain), Adrian Barath, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Imran Khan, Shannon Gabriel, Sunil Narine, Rayad Emrit, Yannick Ottley, Kavesh Kantasingh, Amit Jaggernauth
Guyana—Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Assad Fudadin, Leon Johnson, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Narsingh Deonarine, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Christopher Barnwell, Derwin Christian, Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo, Steven Jacobs, Paul Wintz, Ronsford Beaton