JAMAICA'S senior cricket team captain, Tamar Lambert, says they are aiming to make amends for their recent failure in the Caribbean Twenty20 Tournament, where they finished third.
The cricketers left the island yesterday for Barbados, where they will be looking to defend two titles - the four-day and Super50 crowns.
"I am looking forward to this competition knowing that we disappointed the country in the Twenty20 competition and so this is another opportunity for us to really go out there and try and defend our titles," Lambert said ahead of their departure yesterday.
"However, there will be a lot of pressure on us, knowing that we didn't carry home the Twenty20, but that is the nature of life, sometimes you win some and sometimes you lose some and so the pressure will always be there."
Still, Lambert was full of optimism.
"We are very confident (of retaining titles) because we are the champions in both competitions and so we are looking to get off to a good start," he said.
The team includes three newcomers - Andre McCarthy, Yanique Elliott and Zeniffe Fowler - who Lambert expects to perform well.
"We have some youngsters in our team and I am sure that they are going to put their best foot forward because this is their opportunity show Jamaica, the Caribbean and West Indies selectors what they are capable of doing," said the captain.
Lambert added that team unity is good as they are working together and committed to do their best for the country.
"The camaraderie in our team has always been good," Lambert said. "It is just sometimes people may have their differences off the field and in life people will always have their differences, but when we cross the ropes (get on the field) it is serious business," he said.
"They are representing the country and their families and so everybody is looking forward to playing with each other in this tournament," Lambert reasoned.
- Robert Bailey