Emrit sees T&T three-peat
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - He will not be part of Trinidad and Tobago's Caribbean Twenty20 side for the 2013 tournament, but all-rounder Rayad Emrit is still confident T&T can win the competition for the third straight year.
Emrit feels there is a lot of "talent" in the T&T camp, and was happy to see some of the younger players holding down places in the squad.
"We have a wealth of talent in our midst," the all-rounder told the Express recently during a T&T training session.
"(Kieron) Pollard is back, as well as (Dwayne) Bravo and Sunil (Narine), and we have some youngsters all-rounder (like Yannick) Ottley and PowerGen opener Evin (Lewis), so I think we have a decent team that can win the tournament again... hopefully the guys can go out there and do Trinidad and Tobago proud."
Despite being dropped from the T20 side two months after he got the chance to represent T&T at the Champions League T20 in South Africa two months ago, Emrit says he will continue putting in the hard work just in case he gets another call up for the limited overs team in the future.
"Obviously I have been working hard and I will keep working hard so if I get the chance again, I will try to do my best again," he insisted.
He is also looking to continue his good form with the bat and ball for T&T in year's regional four-day and Super50 tournaments.
Emrit has played 53 first class matches, taking 111 wickets at an average of 26.44, and has scored 1346 first class runs, including two centuries and four half centuries, a record he is hoping to enhance in 2013.
"There is a lot of cricket coming up. I am not in the (T&T) T20 squad, unfortunately, but there is four-day cricket, which I really like, and there is the 50 over competition as well.
"I have been working hard, probably harder than before, and I really want to have a good season so I will try to put in as much work as I could so I can have a successful season this year," he added.
Looking back at 2012, Emrit said he's had a few good moments, but none more satisfying than taking the field in the Champions League.
Emrit travelled with the T&T T20 team for their first appearance in the Champions League in 2009 and then again in the 2011 without playing a match, but the 31-year-old finally took the field, before T&T crashed out of the qualifying round.
"Playing in the Champions League...It was moment I will treasure forever," the right-arm medium pacer said.
"You know (it has been) three tournaments before actually getting to the final XI...unfortunately we did not go further in the competition this time around, but I thought we could have done better.
"I thought I did pretty okay, but obviously we wanted the team to do a lot better and that did not happen so that was a disappointment," he added.
Emrit, who made his T20 debut in the Stanford T20 tournament in 2006, said it has been a long journey and a lot of hard work, and he is hoping for another taste of Champions League cricket.
"It has been years of hard work and that is a world stage, so it is something you would really want to do," Emrit stated. "I think I did not achieve what I wanted to in the tournament, but hopefully I can get another chance at it."