Daren Ganga to lead TT in bid to win first ever Caribbean T20

Experienced batsman Daren Ganga will be at the helm as Trinidad and Tobago bid to win the first West Indies Cricket Board’s Caribbean T20 Tournament. The selectors have named a strong team packed with allrounders for the July 22 to 31 showpiece event to be played at Kensington Oval in Barbados and Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.

The key allrounders in the side are the effervescent Dwayne Bravo and the powerful Kieron Pollard, who have also had experience in the Indian Premier League and the Australian KFC Big Bash Tournament. The other allrounders are Imran Khan, Kevon Cooper, Lendl Simmons, Samuel Badree, Navin Stewart and Sherwin Ganga, Daren’s younger brother.

Trinidad and Tobago have been drawn in Zone A alongside Canada, Jamaica and Leeward Islands. Their opening match is against the Canadian on July 22 at 4 pm at Kensington Oval. They return to the same venue to face the Leewards on July 24 at 8 pm. Their final preliminary match will be a featured clash with Jamaica on July 28 at 8 pm at Queen’s Park Oval.

There is a huge incentive to win the Caribbean T20, with the leading Caribbean team going on to represent the West Indies at the Airtel Champions League in South Africa in September. Trinidad and Tobago represented the regional in the inaugural Champions League in India last year and placed second to New South Wales Blues of Australia.

The format for the Caribbean T20 Tournament will be two groups of four teams. There will be a round-robin stage in each group – each team will play three matches – with the top two teams in each group qualifying for the semi-finals. The winners of the semi-finals will advance to final while the losing semi-finalists will play a third-place play-off. The matches in Barbados will be played on July 22 to 25 and the matches in Trinidad will be played on July 28 to 31, with August 1 as the reserve day for the finals.

ESPN and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have reached an agreement for the broadcast of the Caribbean T20 and over 61 millions fans will see the tournament. In the Caribbean, fans will be able to view all the matches LIVE on the two ESPN Caribbean networks ESPN and ESPN2, while highlights will be available the following day on Caribbean Media Corporation stations.

The ground-breaking agreement also includes unprecedented live multimedia coverage on ESPN digital platforms including ESPN3.com, ESPN, Inc.’s U.S. broadband platform, and ESPN360 broadband platforms in Australia and Latin America. The agreement also includes television coverage on ESPN networks in the UK, the Middle East and Africa, and in Australia and New Zealand.

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