Trinidad and Canada all set for great start to Caribbean T20

The stage is set for the start of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Caribbean T20 Tournament on Thursday. First ball in the opening Zone A match 4 pm (3 pm Jamaica Time). Cricket fans across the Caribbean will be tuned in for the event, which has caught the attention of the entire cricket world. Fans across the globe will also be able to catch the action with the global broadcast via ESPN.

The historic Kensington Oval is expected to be buzzing cricket lovers come out to support their favourites teams and also to get a look at the region’s best players.  The opening match will see the powerful Trinidad and Tobago team taking on Canada – who have been invited by the West Indies Cricket Board to be part of the showpiece event.

The Trinis will start this match as favourites with their impressive line-up of allrounders. Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard will lead the way in the bid to win the glittering Caribbean T20 trophy and a trip to the Airtel Champions League in South Africa. The Canadians have a number of T20 specialists in their side and will present a challenge for the boys in red and black. Canada have in their line-up Tyson Gordon, who grew up in Jamaica; and Hemnarine Chattergoon, the former Guyana and West Indies Under-19 batsman.

Speaking ahead of the match Canada’s coach Pubudu Dassanayake said his team is full of respect for the opponents but won’t be overawed. “There is no doubt that Trinidad have some very good players but we also have good players in our team and we will go into the match with confidence,” the former Sri Lanka wicket-keeper said. “We have some players who are very good at T20 cricket and we play very good T20 cricket … so you can expect from big performances from us. It will be great to play at a ground like Kensington Oval and be part of this fantastic competition. We are brimming with confidence.”

The Trinidadians did not get a change to go the nets on Wednesday due to heavy rain. They were in the gym at Kensington Oval under the watchful eye of trainer Ronald Roger and all the players had a full work-out. They will be looking to transfer that energy into the middle when they face the Canadians.

Rizwan Cheema (captain), Harvir Baidwan, Trevin Bastiampillai, Geoff Barnett, Umar Bhatti, Hemnarine Chattergoon, Henry Osinde, Parth Desai, Tyson Gordon, Calvert Hooper, Usman Limbada, Hiral Patel, Zubin Sukari, Hamza Tariq

Trinidad and Tobago: Daren Ganga (captain), Samuel Badree, Lendl Simmons, Sherwin Ganga, Adrian Barath, Dwayne Bravo, William Perkins, Darren Bravo, Kevon Cooper, Navin Stewart, Kieron Pollard, Dave Mohammed, Imran Khan, Denesh Ramdin.