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Simmons: Trinidad ready for Jamaica challenge

Published:Thursday | March 28, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

Trinidad and Tobago opener Lendl Simmons says his team is confident and ready to take on champions Jamaica in the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Four-day Championship this weekend.

The two, who have been playing well thus far this season, are slated to meet at Sabina Park starting on Saturday.

"Jamaica is always a tough opposition, especially as it relates to playing them at their home," said Simmons, who along with members of his team arrived in the country yesterday.

"However, we are coming off two very good wins against Guyana and the Combined Campuses and Colleges, and are confident that we can come away with a positive result.

"We will first try to claim first innings and, if the opportunity presents itself, then try and go for an outright win," he added.


Simmons, who played recently against the touring Zimbabweans, is one of four players who are expected to lead the twin-island republic's charge.

The others are captain Denish Ramdin, fellow opener Adrian Barath, and new West Indies fast bowling recruit Shannon Gabriel.

Their other main players, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul and Kieron Pollard and, to a lesser extent, pacer Kevon Cooper and spinner Samuel Badree, are gearing up to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Meanwhile, as it relates to Darren Bravo, it is understood that he turned down an offer to participate in the IPL, and is unavailable.

Trinidad are second in the points table on 36 points, the same as Jamaica, but has a better net run rate.

The improved Windward Islands leads the standings with 48 points.

Trinidad and Jamaica will also square off in WICB Super50 action next week Thursday.