Emrit ruled out Volcanoes clash

Newly appointed Red Force manager Roland Sampath confirmed the latest blow to the T&T side which is also without Kieron Pollard, Kevon Cooper, Dwayne Bravo, Ravi Rampaul and Sunil Narine for various reasons.

Now they will have to do without their captain who was instrumental in their Nagico Super50 triumph.

“Our skipper failed a fitness test so he is not going to make the trip,” Sampath noted. “They are working on it but he will definitely not be ready in time for the Windwards match. He has a groin problem and it was dicey taking him on the road for three away games,” Sampath explained.

Left-arm pacer Daniel St Clair replaces Emrit in the team that will leave for St Lucia today. Jason Mohammed will captain the side during Emrit’s absence.

Sampath, who replaced Manohar Ramsaran as manager last week after Ramsaran resigned from the post, said that despite the missing players and T&T’s fifth place position on the six-team standings, the squad will still be high in confidence and he is expecting a better showing in the second half of the season.

He said he was excited to get an opportunity to work with the senior team which includes some of the players he would have managed at the Under-19 level.

“It is a good opportunity for me to be working with the senior players for the first time,” said Sampath.

“We have a bunch of young talented players in the squad. We are low down in the standings right now however having won the Super50, one would expect the confidence of the players to be high. We are also expecting the guys to perform better. We have some young players who will get an opportunity now to showcase their talent.”

“I have worked with these youngsters in the Under-19 team and anyway I can assist I am willing to do that,” he added.

T&T Red Force Squad: Jason Mohammed (Captain), Evin Lewis, Jeremy Solozano, Yannic Cariah, Khesan Yannick Ottley, Kjorn Ottley, Imran Khan, Akeal Hosein, Steven Katwaroo, Shannon Gabriel, Marlon Richards, Derone Davis, Daniel St Clair

Roland Sampath (manager), Gus Logie (coach), Kelvin Williams (assistant coach), Oba Gulston (Physiotherapist).


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