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Bravo, Mohammed will be fine
Coach of the T&T Red Force team Kelvin Williams says that star batsman Darren Bravo and middle order batsman Jason Mohammed are both recovering well and should be able to take part very early in the Regional Super50 tournament which gets going on October 3.
Bravo hurt himself while taking off for a run in the final of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) final against Guyana. He damaged his hamstring and had to retire hurt. Mohammed who played for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in that final also hurt himself and will miss out the team's practice match that is carded for today at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Couva. According to Williams, "I have been in constant contact with both players and they are recovering nicely. I think if they can't play the opening match, they will definitely be ready by the second game."
Both players are key for the Red Force team which is aiming to regain the title which has eluded T&T for the past two years.
Williams will have at his disposal a very powerful team as all the star players are back in the fold for T&T. In addition to Darren Bravo, he will also have his brother Dwayne, Keiron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul and Lendl Simmons. The former national all-rounder feels good about this, "We have a very strong team on paper but as the saying goes you have to play to win it. It is not just about having a strong team. We need to go out there and play hard and together to bring home the win. I am glad to see that all the senior players are back because we really want to win this tournament for the nation. Of course, it is also good to see that these guys are willing to come back and make themselves available for the West Indies."
The team led by Denesh Ramdin will go into action against the Windwards on October 3 at the Queen's Park Oval in Port-of-Spain. One group in the Super50 is based in Trinidad, while another is based in Barbados.
Williams added that the inclement weather has been a challenge for him, as far as preparations go and he is hoping for better weather. "We have had rain about and a practice game that was planned for the weekend did not take place. We have another scheduled for Wednesday at the National Cricket Centre and we are hoping to get play. Today (yesterday) we used the middle after a very long time and the players got a good workout. We are hoping to get in as many days out in the middle in the lead up to the tournament."
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