Bodoe: PowerGen can take T20 crown
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Powergen coach, Baldath Bodoe, says his team is still confident they have the quality to topple Queen’s Park from the pinnacle of domestic cricket despite losing to them in the 50 overs final recently.
In fact, PowerGen lost to the Parkites in the finals of the 50 overs and Twenty20 competitions last year while also finishing second to them in the National League Premier Division as Queen’s Park won a treble for the second consecutive year.
Speaking with Newsday yesterday, Bodoe said he is getting a bit fed up of losing to Queen’s Park captain Justin Guillen and his troops and noted that the PowerGen management is working arduously to devise a plan to get past their illustrious opponents.
“The record will show that we lost a couple times to Queen’s Park, but we’ve sat down and analysed where we have been going wrong. I must say that the wickets for the 50 overs final wasn’t ideal. At the end of the day both teams played on the same wicket so we can’t complain. It’s no secret that we’ve been beaten by Queen’s Park, but we’re trying to remedy that. It seems as though only PowerGen are meeting them in the finals and I know a lot of people in Trinidad are hoping maybe it will be us who can break the shackles of Queen’s Park reign,” Bodoe declared while chuckling.
The PowerGen coach believes the Twenty20 competition represents his team’s best chance at a trophy this season as they have a proliferation of exciting and explosive players in this format including left-hand batsman Nicholas Sookdeosingh, veteran spinner Dave Mohammed and all-rounder Sherwin Ganga.
They will be hindered from time to time, however, by the absence of players such as Samuel Badree, Rayad Emrit, Ravi Rampaul, Kavesh Kantasingh, Denesh Ramdin and Jason Mohammed due to national and international duties as well as club commitments in the case of Badree.
“We’ve been performing good. PowerGen have some specialist Twenty20 players and unfortunately our last game was washed out. We still have two more games remaining (in the group stage) and we hope to still top the group,” Bodoe declared.
Tomorrow, T20 action resumes with Powergen coming up against F&E Diamond United in Diamond Village, south Trinidad and their coach is confident his team will pick up maximum points against the National League newcomers.
“We’re still positive and hope to reach the T20 final while the league is still very much wide open,” he explained.