Murray lauds victorious TT cricketers

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Deryck Murray, former Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies wicketkeeper and vice-captain, has lauded the victorious national squad who earned a three-peat of Caribbean T20 titles.

On Sunday, the Denesh Ramdin-led TT squad whipped Guyana by nine wickets, at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia, to cop the 2013 crown. 

“It was tremendous,” said Murray yesterday 

“Trinidad and Tobago proved once again to be the best team in the tournament. They were consistently better than anybody else throughout the tournament,” continued Murray. “It was fitting reward for them to win.” 

“Now we hope that they can take that momentum into the Four Day and 50 Overs tournaments, and consolidate Trinidad and Tobago’s cricket supremacy in the region.” 

The Regional Super50 will begin on February 7 while the Regional Four Day competition will get going on February 9. But there will be a number of TT players absent due to overseas commitments - the Bravo brothers Dwayne and Darren, off-spinner Sunil Narine and all-rounder Kieron Pollard will be with the West Indies limited- overs team in Australia while all-rounder Kevon Cooper is representing Chittagong Kings at the Bangladesh Premier League. 

Murray is optimistic that the national team will be able to cope without the players. 

“The players need to keep their focus,” he noted. “It’s an opportunity for one or two others to come into the team. 

“But when you’re coming into a successful team, the team itself has a momentum, a belief, a confidence (that) they will do well, and that will rub off on the younger players. As long as they keep their focus, this should be a very good season for Trinidad and Tobago.”

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Thu, 01/24/2013 - 05:47