T&T ready for Stanford Super Series
Captain Daren Ganga said Trinidad & Tobago are ready for battle in the inaugural Stanford Super Series, which bowls off at the Stanford Cricket Ground tomorrow evening.
Speaking to the Antigua Sun on arrival at the V.C. Bird International Airport last evening, Ganga said his side is eagerly anticipating the tournament.
“We are very excited. I think Trinidad & Tobago have prepared well. We have done a lot of preparation for this new season. We were suppose to play the regional 50 overs competition before the Super Series but unfortunately that didn’t come off so we had to change gear and get straight into 20/20 mode,” Ganga said.
“At the end of the day, it’s a tournament that Trinidad & Tobago love to win and that is our focus. We have been successful in a few tournaments prior to this series and the guys are looking forward to it.”
Ganga is cognizant that the competition will be tough, but said the Trinidadians are looking forward to the challenge.
“We realise that it’s quality opposition that we will be coming up against. It is not against regional teams anymore. It’s virtually two international teams in the West Indies (Stanford) Superstars and England and then we have a top club team from England in Middlesex. So it is going to be very competitive,” Ganga said.
“We are very excited playing in this series and I think it is a good bench mark to know where our cricket is at in terms of us being a regional team with young players taking on international players.”
The T&T team arrived in Antigua from Barbados where their scheduled practice match was washed out by rain.
The players went to Barbados on Wednesday just mere hours after a financial dispute between the Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board (T&TCB) and players on the senior team was sorted out late on Tuesday.
It has resulted in T&T sending a full-strength team to the lucrative Stanford Super Series.
On Tuesday, Forbes Persaud, chief executive officer of the T&TCB, said the players represented by West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) President Dinanath Ramnarine were asking for too much money and they had notified the T&TCB that they were not travelling for the series.
Ramnarine and Ganga met with Persaud and T&TCB President Deryck Murray late on Tuesday and a compromise was reached, with the players getting 60 per cent of the appearance fee.
Trinidad & Tobago will face the Stanford Super Stars in the opening match tomorrow evening at 5:30 p.m.