Ramdin hopeful Red Force retain core for new season

Left-handed opener Jeremy Solozano.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,  CMC – Captain Denesh Ramdin reckons Trinidad and Tobago Red Force can be a force in the future once they keep the young core of the current side together.

Red Force ended the season on a high when they trounced Jamaica Scorpions in their final game of the season at the Brian Lara Stadium, to end in fourth spot on 112 points.

“I don’t want to change and use 30-40 players in a season. We want [about] 20 players and we’ll give them more experience, exposure and chances to win games,” the former West Indies Test skipper told the Newsday.

Denesh Ramdin

“Hopefully we can [stick with] these guys going forward and next year would be a better season for us. I don’t think we need anything [new]. We have all the power we need, we have pacers, we have spinners, we have batsmen. It’s just for us to be consistent.”

This season, Red Force boasted several emerging players like pace bowler Anderson Phillip, batsman Joshua Da Silva and opener Jeremy Solozano.

Red Force lost their two opening games of the season before beating Scorpions in Kingston to register their first victory of the campaign.

Overall, they finished with four wins and five defeats, once again remaining outside of the top three in the competition after a disappointing bottom place finish last year.

Describing the season as an “up and down” campaign, Ramdin said there were two defeats in which Red Force could have avoided.

“The Barbados game [in round seven] and the first game we played for the season here that I was absent for [in the second round], I think those were the two games we could have [done better],” he pointed out.

“Having said that, the guys have shown progress which is very important from last to fourth. It’s something to work forward to going into the 2019-2020 season.”

Despite the long break until the next first class season, Ramdin said the side would try to continue their preparation.

“We have a break [but] we’re going to still stay together as a team, try to train two days a week. Most of us are still on contract and the guys have their weekend cricket to play.”

Guyana Jaguars won their fifth straight title when they racked up 154.2 points.


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