A late start to the competition means the West Indian outfit will get an early look at the opposition. While Brisbane, the Lions and the like will endure a tough weekend of competition, T&T will take in additional preparation.
<b>Captain:</b> Denesh Ramdin<br><b>Coach:</b> David Williams<br><b>2012 CLT20:</b> Did not qualify<br><b>C365 Rating:</b> 7/10<br><b>Betting Odds:</b> <a href='http://www.paddypower.com/bet/cricket/champions-league-20' target='_blank' class='instorylink'>16-1</a>
<b>Strengths</b><br>A late start to the competition means the West Indian outfit will get an early look at the opposition. While Brisbane, the Lions and the like will endure a tough weekend of competition, T&T will take in additional preparation.
Ravi Rampaul and Adrian Barath have acknowledged the extra incentive of perhaps converting good performances in the CLT20 into returns for the ODI and T20I teams. The former has a cranky ankle to trial, and the latter past glories to better.
Brian Lara's unofficial role as an adviser is a major boost. Lara's presence is largely part of a marketing stratergy, but it'll certainly inspire the youngsters in the squad.
<b>Weaknesses</b><br>The men from the Caribbean have not been afforded a base, so to speak, instead handed four fixtures at four different venues. That's a lot of internal flights and associated red tape, which won't bode well for momentum.
One wouldn't label it an over-reliance, but the T&T spin attack needs to prove itself beyond Sunil Narine. As good as the in-form slow bowler is, Narine will require consistent support.
The Red Steel did well on the back of their international stars' success, but how they will suffice without the IPL-contracted Aaron Finch, Ross Taylor and the ilk, remains in the balance.
<b>Star Player</b><br>Ravi Rampaul, post-ankle surgery, will be a force to be reckoned with. No stranger to sub-continental conditions, the wily right-arm seamer will spearhead the T&T attack.
<b>Bench Warmer</b><br>Low and slow pitches at the Feroz Shah Kotla and surrounds are not going to call for out-and-out pace, with Shannon Gabriel unlikely to gather a permanent berth in the XI.
<b>They Said</b><br>"It's an honour to be part of the upcoming trip. I'm happy to be associated with Trinidad and Tobago's participation. We have a team that will make us proud. I am just going to be there, not a part of management but as a former cricketer. I am willing to lend a hand in any way I can. I hope I will have a chance to interact with the guys while in India and in whatever way I can help." – former West Indies captain Brian Lara.
<b>Squad</b><br>Denesh Ramdin, Rayad Emrit, Jason Mohammed, Nicolas Pooran, Sunil Narine, Evin Lewis, Samuel Badree, Navin Stewart, Shannon Gabriel, Yannick Ottley, Adrian Barath, Sherwin Ganga, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Bravo.
<b>Fixtures</b><br>Sunday, 22 September: v Brisbane Heat, Ranchi<br> Tuesday, 24 September: v TBC, Chandigarh<br>Monday, 30 September: v Titans, Ahmedabad<br>Wednesday, 2 October: v Chennai Super Kings, Delhi
England are utterly infuriating, they really are.
Joe Root > Don Bradman. That’s just maths.
Changes for both teams ahead of The Oval.
England’s Test-match batting is broken. Time to get back to basics.
The WTC scoring system is stupid, but the fix is easy. Get it done.
The Badger lets off steam.
Joe Root is shepherding the ‘righteous’ England team through ‘the valley of darkness’ and must ‘lay his vengeance’ upon those closest to him
England have named an unchanged squad for this week’s final Ashes Test, resisting the temptation to draft in new blood.
All the innovation, variation and athleticism with sell-out crowds up and down the country – this was arguably the greatest T20 season yet.