Monday, February 19, 2018

Williams satisfied with T&T team's progress

Lack of match practice and outdoor training continues to be a concern for Trinidad and Tobago ahead of next week's Caribbean Twenty20, but coach Kelvin Williams is still very satisfied with the improvements he saw from his players over the past seven days.

Williams was disappointed after the national team's final practice match yesterday was washed out, but he was also encouraged by the progress his players made during their two-day camp, which was geared towards their mental preparation.

The coach believes the camp was very beneficial and said he has observed a different, more positive approach from the players during the last five days.

"Each player knows what they have to do to put on a better show," said Williams. "The guys were very focused during the camp and I was very pleased with their concentration."

He also guaranteed fans a better performance in terms of the team's fielding and catching which played a major part in their semi-final exit to Guyana in last year's Caribbean T20 tournament.

"I cannot guarantee we won't drop any catches but you all will see a better performance from the team in those areas," Williams said. "We talked about dropped catches. These things happen in the spur of the moment but it is the manner in which we dropped those catches which was the problem."

In terms of match preparation, T&T played just two games last week prior to which they had to settle for indoor net sessions because of rain.

The rainy weather continues to be a burden for Williams but the coach insisted his charges have been doing a lot of exercises to compensate for the loss of outdoor match practice.

"I am satisfied with what happened so far, given the inclement weather. I know the players will play to the best of their ability and make sure we come up trumps next week," he added.

The Daren Ganga-led outfit leaves T&T on Sunday morning for Antigua where they will round off their preparations ahead of Thursday's 8 p.m. clash with the Leeward Islands at Sir Vivian Richards Ground.

"We have some time in Antigua before our first match and we will be using it to do our final fine-tuning," Williams concluded.

T&T T20 squad—Daren Ganga (Captain), Denesh Ramdin (Wicketkeeper), Lendl Simmons, Runako Morton, Darren Bravo, Adrian Barath, Imran Khan, Sherwin Ganga, Sunil Narine, Kevon Cooper, Samuel Badree, Jason Mohammed, Richard Kelly, Ravi Rampaul

Kelvin Williams (Coach), Omar Khan (Manager), Ronald Rogers (Trainer/Physio), Sheldon Sewnarine (Equipment Manager).