Cricket The Trinidad and Tobago team wants to bring back the cricketing glory to their islands
D aren Ganga is chasing a peculiar dream. This Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) captain, who is in the city for the Champions League T-20 (CL T-20) qualifiers, says it will be interesting to see Trinidad figure in the Olympics so that his national team can get bigger exposure.
West Indies cricket, which was once the most dominant force under Clive Lloyd, is going through a difficult transition phase. But, Ganga believes that the success of T&T which finished runner-up in the 2009 CL T-20 edition in Hyderabad and has again qualified by virtue of being the National T-20 champions back home, has definitely lured more youngsters to the sport once again.
“There is a distinct style, flair and excitement which we bring to cricket. And, fans across the world simply love these characteristics of West Indies cricket,” the T&T captain insists. “We may not have the same fearsome fast bowlers as we had in the 70s and 80s. But, I am confident we will produce a couple of them very soon,” he says.
The T&T success story has also catapulted the big-hitting Kieron Pollard to the centre-stage because of his exploits in Hyderabad edition of CL T-20. “The turn-around in fortunes is not as big as we had expected. It's little compared to the huge expectations,” he says. “But a lot of youngsters are still keen to play cricket despite some of the American sports making an inroad into the Islands,” says Ganga.
T & T also has Ravi Rampaul, who is one of the frontline bowlers for the national team. “The biggest challenge for me is to be injury-free given the number of breaks, I had to take in the past,” he says.
For someone looks up to Ian Bishop, Rampaul believes that a couple of big wins will give the sport the much-desired fillip and the players some more respect also.