PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):West Indies pacer Ravi Rampaul has recovered from an ankle injury and should be available to represent Trinidad and Tobago in the Champions League Twenty20 in India next month, reports here have indicated.
Rampaul, who was selected on the Jamaica Tallawahs team for the inaugural CPLT20, was ruled out of the competition after sustaining an ankle injury during the Tri-Nation series featuring West Indies, India and Sri Lanka.
Chairman of selectors, Dudnath Ramkessoon, has been quoted as saying Rampaul has recovered from the injury, but has not confirmed if the pacer will be involved in warm-up matches against Guyana this weekend.
Trinidad's squad will meet Guyana in two matches under lights at the Providence Stadium in Guyana, with the first on Friday at 7 p.m. and the other Saturday at the same time.
Rampaul was invited to celebrate with the Tallawahs after they defeated Guyana in the CPLT20 final at Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, on Saturday night.
Trinidad, who were forced to put their preparations on hold after most of their players won places in the various franchises, reassemble this week to start final preparations for the Champions League T20. They qualified for the third straight year by completing a hat-trick of Caribbean T20 titles.
They have also earned direct entry into the group stage after playing in the qualifier in 2011 and 2012.
The Trinidadians are in Group B along with Brisbane Heat, Chennai Super Kings, Titans and the second-ranked team from the CLT20 2013 qualifier. The Trinidadians face Brisbane Heat in their first match on September 22.