TT U-17 cricket coach confident

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 cricket team are gearing up in their bid to dethrone Jamaica as champions of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Under-17 Regional 50-over Tournament, which will take place, once again, in the sister isle Tobago.

This year’s contest will bowl off on Saturday and run until July 8. 

Dasrath Maharaj, coach of the TT team, spoke yesterday during a practice match at Shaw Park, Scarborough, involving the Under-17s and a PowerGen XI. 

“So far we’ve been going quite well,” commented Maharaj. “We have one session again before we begin. 

“We’re working on all areas - the fitness area, the psychological area, batting, running between the wickets, bowling good line and length,” he added. “We’re more or less about 85 percent ready.” 

Asked about the conditions of the grounds in Tobago, Maharaj revealed, “I don’t know. I don’t know where we’re playing (as) yet, I don’t know what grounds we’re playing. 

“Last year we played four games at Shaw Park and one game at Buccoo,” he continued. “I haven’t seen the fixtures for the venues as yet, so I don’t know exactly where or when we are playing. 

Maharaj added, “I know the Shaw Park conditions (with) short boundaries at the sides (and) long boundaries behind the bowlers’ arms. It’s the sort of track on which you have to bat first. It’s a difficult track to bat second on.” 

In the inaugural tournament last year, also in the sister isle, Trinidad and Tobago were the runners-up to Jamaica. 

“We have just one player from last year, Jeron Maniram,” said the TT coach. “Basically it’s a completely new team. In this squad, we have more fast bowlers than we had last year. 

“The fast bowlers, every time they take wickets we (earn) points. Hopefully, once they pick up wickets, we’ll be in a better position to accumulate points.” 

Trinidad and Tobago team - Varendra Jagroop (captain), Amir Jangoo, Carl Vialva, Jyd Goolie, Clevon Kallawan, Jeron Maniram, Shaquille McDavid, Brandon Jaggernauth, DeJourn Charles, Bryan Boodram, Afdal Khan, Shane Smith, Jerlanie Seales, Anderson Phillip; Dasrath Maharaj (coach), Stephen Martel (manager).

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 02:14