Ramsaran confused after TT defeat

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Manohar Ramsaran, former Sports Minister, is irate at Thursday’s 140-run loss by Trinidad and Tobago against the Combined Campuses and Colleges in their Regional Super50 Semi-Final tussle, at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.

“I just can’t understand what’s going on with our cricket,” said an upset Ramsaran yesterday, during a telephone interview. “I’m very, very confused. We have the CCC beating Trinidad like that.” 

The CCC tallied 232 runs for seven wickets, after deciding to bat first, with Man of the Match Anthony Alleyne hitting 99 and Nekoli Parris 43. Left-arm spinner Yannick Ottley claimed three wickets for 37 runs while leg-spinner Imran Khan (2/37) and off-spinner Sherwin Ganga (2/39) did the damage. 

But, Trinidad and Tobago were unable to cope with fast bowler Kenroy Williams (3/16), left-arm pacer Raymon Reifer (2/11) and leg-spinner Akeem Dewar (2/14) as they were bundled out for 92 in 31.2 overs. 

Rayad Emrit top-scored with 23 while the only double-figure scores came from Jason Mohammed (14) and Ganga (11). 

Ramsaran stated that TT were second-best for the entire game, but the batting meltdown was too much for him to stomach. 

“When you look at it, they scored 232 on the same pitch and then after that, it looked at if it was a minefield,” he said. “Something have to be wrong, something’s definitely wrong. I am looking at what happened. The T20 players, they keep doing well, but I don’t know what’s happening with Trinidad and Tobago cricket. 

“The time for action is now,” Ramsaran stressed. “I believe the entire selection committee and the management of the team should offer their resignations. I think we should go the full distance and replace them. 

“We have cricket playing right now. We have people who are doing well at the National League, the Premiership or whatever have you, and they’re not being looked at, at all. The same people play for Trinidad and Tobago and they’re doing the same thing. I am a bit worried.” 

Trinidad and Tobago were unbeaten in the round-robin Preliminary Round phase, having won their six matches, including CCC by eight wickets in another low-scoring affair at the Queen’s Park Oval, St Clair on March 21. 

Questioned if the selectors were correct to keep faith with the players who were instrumental in the previous Super50 games, Ramsaran responded, “you always look at a team, and a team is as good as its reserves. A team is as good as its bench. “And we never seem to decide to blood people when the stars are here, as if the selectors were not aware that the stars would not be here for the month (of April),” he added. 

“Nobody has been blooded, nobody has been given that opportunity and yet you have people, when you look at the local scores, in club cricket, you see people scoring runs and they are not given a look-in at all. We just continue with the same batch of people.”

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 13:04