Ganga has high hopes for T20 Champions League

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Trinidad & Tobago captain Daren Ganga said yesterday the upcoming Twenty20 Champions League in India would serve to renew the national team.

“This Twenty20 tournament will prove to be the rebirth of the national team. The rebirth of dedication to excellence,” said the long-serving skipper.

“Whether we win or lose what we are about is giving of our best and I would like to ensure the country that we will go to this tournament and play as winners.”

The tournament is scheduled to bowl off next Thursday and will witness the domestic Twenty20 club champions from around the cricket world clashing for the title as world T20 kings.

T&T, the reigning Caribbean T20 champions, will go up against India’s Deccan Chargers and English County club Somerset in Group A.

Ganga said his side would be relying heavily on the confidence gained from their regional success in recent times.

“Over the last four to five years we have built up an impressive record in the region winning about 10 titles and we move forward with this confidence,” said the former Test batsman.

“We pride ourselves in being the best team in the region and while we chase perfection which is unattainable, we would end up with excellence.”

The squad, which has been in training for several weeks, recently rounded off their preparation with two T20s against a Guyana Select XI in Georgetown.

T&T’s squad includes West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, Test wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin and exciting batsman Lendl Simmons, who made his Test debut this year against England in the Caribbean.

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