The trinidad Guardian / Captain of the T&T Red Force Denesh Ramdin is looking towards continued improvement from his team, when their second round Digicel PCL match gets underway today against Jamaica at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba.
The wicketkeeper/batsman led the way with a century and half century in the opening tussle against the Barbados Pride last week at Kensington Oval in Barbados. That game ended in a draw as the T&T bowlers failed to penetrate the experienced Bajan batting line-up.
Today marks the first First Class match at the newest venue in the Caribbean and the pitch is expected to assist the spinners, which should play into the hands of the locals, who have always been strong in this department.
The Red Force finalised their preparations yesterday for the game and Ramdin is confident.
“We are looking to continue the improvement as a unit. The first game against Barbados ended in a draw and the guys have learnt a lot from the experience,” he said.
Ramdin is leading a pretty young Red Force outfit and the experienced former West Indies Test captain added, “It has been a joy so far working with this bunch of players and they are willing to learn, which is important. They will be looking to put their best foot forward in this game and hopefully get a win against the Jamaicans.”
Ramdin has been in the pink of form, scoring a century and half century and he is looking for more. “I enjoyed my two knocks against Barbados, especially the first innings hundred and will be looking to get among the runs again to help my team. As the experienced guy out there I have to lead from the front and that went well against Barbados.”
Meanwhile, fans will once get an opportunity to contribute to development of zonal cricket while supporting the Red Force national senior men’s team when the Regional 4-Day Tournament.
In addition, fans will benefit from a useful saving off the regular $30 daily entrance fee for the BLCA when they purchase a pre-paid ticket costing just $100, which allows the purchaser to be accompanied by four others on any match-day.
The purchaser can attend on any five days of the matches by himself, or can be accompanied by one, two, three or four friends or family members on any day over the course of the triple-header in which the Red Force play hosts in the Cricket West Indies Premier Cricket League.
Baldath Mahabir, a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) Marketing Committee said children Under-12 years of age will also be allowed free to the matches.
He said that all proceeds from the initiative will go towards cricket development in South Zone, South-East, and South-West Zones. The committee expects to raise approximately $100,000, The first ball today is timed at 10am.
TT SQUAD: Denesh Ramdin (captain), Marlon Richards (vice-captain), Amir Jangoo, Jeremy Solozano, Isaiah Rajah, Ewart Nicholson, Tion Webster, Roshon Primus, Imran Khan, Daniel St Clair, Bryan Charles, Khary Pierre, Akeal Cooper. Jamaica: Paul Palmer (capt), Garth Garvey, Assad Fudadin, Trevon Griffith, Brandon King, Romaine Morrison, Fabien Allen, Dennis Bulli, Damani Sewell, Durval Green.