THE Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (T&TCB) has announced the official start of preparations for the 2012 Champions League T20 Championships which will be staged in South Africa later this year.
T&T have already qualified for the CLT20 by virtue of winning the Caribbean T20 Championships which were contested in January. This year will mark the third time in four years that T&T will be participating in the lucrative competition.
On Friday the T&TCB announced that 38 players have been called to trials beginning on Thursday, July 5 from 9 am at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva. The sessions will be conducted by Technical Director David Williams with the assistance of national coach Kelvin Williams who has specific responsibility for the national youth teams.
Included in the training squad are cricketers who are currently on regional duty with the West Indies senior and “A” teams currently playing against New Zealand and India “A” respectively.
Among them are brothers Dwayne and Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree, Lendl Simmons and Adrian Barath.
Also called is fast bowler Shannon Gabriel who was picked in the WI squad for their tour of England two months ago but suffered an injury and had to return home. A notable inclusion in the squad is former national captain Daren Ganga who led T&T in their first two excursions in the CLT20 which were both staged in India.
T&T 2012 CLT20 Trial Squad:
Justin Guillen, Lendl Simmons, Mario Belcon, Daren Ganga, Jason Mohammed, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Denesh Ramdin, Samuel Badree, Akeem Alvarez, Aniel Kanhai, Amit Jaggernauth, Navin Stewart, Teshawn Castro, Ancil Bhagan, Aaron Alfred, Strassark Sankar, Kavesh Kantasingh, Yannick Ottley, Adrian Barath, William Perkins, Evin Lewis. Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Daron Cruickshank, Nicholas Sookdeosingh, Rayad Emrit, Dave Mohammed, Kjorn Ottley, Sunil Narine, Sherwin Ganga. Imran Khan, Derone Davis, Kevon Cooper, Kharry Pierre, Marvyn Dillon, Keon Celestine, Shannon Gabriel