Red Force wel­come un­capped trio for open­ers

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

THREE UN­CAPPED play­ers have been named in a 13-man Trinidad and Tobago Red Force for the first two games of the Re­gional Four-Day sea­son, which bowls off next week.

All-rounder Jyd Goolie and left-arm spin­ner Khary Pierre, along with an­other all-rounder, Roshon Primus, will join the side led by Yan­nick Ot­t­ley.

Red Force open their first­class cam­paign in a day/night pink ball game against Wind­ward Is­lands Vol­ca­noes at Queen’s Park Oval be­fore also host­ing Bar­ba­dos Pride the fol­low­ing week­end.

Head coach Gus Lo­gie said prepa­ra­tion had been ex­ten­sive and his side was ready for the up­com­ing sea­son.

“Our prepa­ra­tion has taken into con­sid­er­a­tion all as­pects of the game. We looked at our fit­ness lev­els and we worked on im­prov­ing that, dis­cussed our teams goals and men­tal strength,” Lo­gie told the Ex­press news­pa­per here.


“At the end of the day, we dis­cussed our ex­pec­ta­tions of each other and im­prov­ing our skill level.

“We have done a lot of work in the nets, and un­for­tu­nately, the pitch at the Na­tional Cricket Cen­tre is un­der re­con­struc­tion so we were un­able to have enough mid­dle prac­tice as we would want to, but the nets were avail­able to us and we had a few prac­tice games.”

Goolie, a lower-order bats­man and off-spin­ner, was a mem­ber of the West Indies Un­der-19 squad, which won the Youth World Cup in Bangladesh ear­lier this year.

He struck an un­beaten hun­dred in a re­cent trial game to force his way into the se­lec­tors’ frame.

Pierre, mean­while, is a lef­t­arm spin­ner, while Bar­ba­dian Primus, 21, is a right-arm fast bowler.

How­ever, Red Force will have to do with­out the ex­pe­ri­ence of all-rounder Rayad Em­rit and Evin Lewis, who are both un­avail­able for se­lec­tion due to their com­mit­ments in the Bangladesh Premier League.

SQUAD – Yan­nick Ot­t­ley (cap­tain), Jeremy Solozano, Kyle Hope, Yan­nic Cariah, Ja­son Mo­hammed, Jyd Goolie, Steven Kat­wa­roo, Im­ran Khan, Roshon Primus, Mar­lon Richards, Khary Pierre, Jon Russ Jagge­sar, Shel­don Cot­trell.


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