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Kelly doubtful for Stanford Series

Trinidad and Tobago cricket team all-rounder, Richard Kelly is confident of making the final squad of 15 players to compete at the Stanford Super Series tournament as he tries to overcome a shoulder injury.

Kelly injured his right shoulder while bowling in the Carib Beer Series earlier this year and has been unable to bowl in the twenty20 trials matches organised by the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB).

“I am not sure if I will be selected in the squad for the Stanford Super Series because of my shoulder injury. Earlier this week I met with the doctor and he did not give me the all clear to bowl so if I have to make the national team for the tournament it will be purely as a batsman” said Kelly.

However, the Ceramic Merry Boys player was told that he would be ready for the regional limited overs tournament which is scheduled to be played in November either in Jamaica or Guyana.

Despite the injury setback Kelly has been training intensely to prepare himself for the twenty20 and 50 over tournaments.

“I have not been bowling but I have been doing weight training with the trainer Ronald Rogers and have also started to strengthen my upper body at the gym. But I am really comfortable when batting, there is no pain. At the trials I have had some good innings making ten from ten balls and twenty from twenty balls which shows that my strike rate is good batting in the latter stages of the match” said Kelly.

Before Kieron Pollard became the household name for power hitting on the Trinidad and Tobago team Kelly was regarded as the team’s pinch hitter and mainstay in the lower order.

“I consider myself to be a batting all-rounder and have done the job for Trinidad and Tobago batting in the lower order. After the Carib Cup season I am confident of my role with the bat. With the injury I am working twice as hard to be productive for the team” said Kelly.

He explained that the twenty20 trials matches are being keenly contested as everyone wants to be selected on the final squad for the Stanford Super Series.

“The trial matches are very competitive, players are really performing with Lendl Simmons and Darron Cruickshank doing the job with the bat early on in the innings. Morale in the training squad is very good....players are vying for 15 places and not 13 as in the Stanford Twenty20 tournament and they are working hard so you are seeing the results” said Kelly.

He also tipped Queen’s Park batsman Daron Cruickshank to be among the new inclusions in the Trinidad and Tobago team for the Stanford Super Series tournament.

“Cruickshank is a vital player early in the innings batting at three or four, he would compliment players like Lendl Simmons and William Perkins. Even though the national team will be missing some of their core players for the series we have very strong reserves and will be able to field a really good team” said Kelly.

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