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Logie says watch Lewis, Pooran

ST JOHN’S—The West Indies Cricket Board Professional Cricket League regional four-day tournament opens Friday with the feature match bringing together Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Barbados at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.

The teams were last season’s top sides with Barbados lifting the NAGICO Super50 title and following up with the Regional four-day crown, while T&T finished in the runners-up spot in both competitions.

It will be the 58th time the two sides will be meeting in the modern first-class championship (1966 onwards) – and 29th time T&T will play hosts.

Following are the views of head coaches Hendy Springer of Barbados and Gus Logie of T&T.

GUS LOGIE

On being the runners-up last season:

No doubt, we want to take it a step further and go all the way this time. We have spoken about the objective of winning the Regional 4-Day Tournament and the NAGICO Super 50 Tournament. We have a mix of youth and experience, but we see the coming season as a challenge and to establish ourselves as a force in the four-day format in particular – and this new season and format gives us the perfect opportunity to do so.

On lack of consistency in four-day competition:

Our batting has not consistently scored runs – particularly the kind of big individual scores and totals that put you in a position to win four-day matches. It’s an area that we have tried to work very hard correcting and so we are really looking forward to the players really going out and batting for long periods and accumulating the big scores and totals that would allow our bowlers the opportunity to put pressure on the opposition.

On how does he plan to maintain intensity throughout the long season:

We have been training for the last few months – three days a week, plus training matches on the weekends. The players are all keen to go there and do what they have learnt over the last few months. The enthusiasm is there. We will have to work hard on fitness and schedule appropriate periods of rest and relaxation. We have some team building exercises planned for when there is a down period and we will try to make sure that they are fresh for every match that comes along.

On players to watch:

It’s a long season and opportunities will come for many of the players, but we believe Evin Lewis is one of the players that we believe has the potential to go all the way and we would like to see his transformation from the limited-overs version to the longer version; Nicholas Pooran is not in the squad for this weekend’s opener, but he will be given an opportunity later on; Yannick Ottley has the ability to establish himself as a decent all-round player; and Akeal Hosein was good last season and we want to see his progress this coming season.

HENDY SPRINGER

On playing to maintain the top spot in the Regional 4-Day:

We do not only want to remain on top, but we also want to see these young men improve. It’s all fine and dandy to win trophies, but I think the real achievement will be to continue winning trophies while seeing improvement in the players.

On how he plans to approach staying at the top:

It’s a work always in progress. In between matches, you always have to be planning and reviewing. You have to build-up to each match with training sessions, and then it’s down to planning and execution for each opponent. We have done it pretty well over the past couple of seasons and we want to continue doing the things that have worked for us and brought us success.

On how does he plan to maintain intensity throughout the long season:

It will be a challenge to try and make everything that we do very interesting and enjoyable. It’s already been a long year for many of the players in our squad. They have been playing non-stop over the last six to eight months from the past regional season into international cricket and the Caribbean Premier League for the Barbados Tridents, as well as the A-Team and Champions League Twenty20 – and not forgetting that some of them have just finished the club season here. Whatever we do as a management team must be interesting and enjoyable, and emphasise to the guys that they must maintain a certain level of fitness. We have just one home match before Christmas and many of the players enjoy going on the road and playing away from home, but we will have to hit the ground running when we arrive in Trinidad. It’s unfortunate that our practice matches were affected by the rain, but we had some very, very intense training sessions.

On players he wants to see make a big leap in the coming season:

I want to see Shai Hope, Shane Dowrich and Miguel Cummins become more consistent performers for us. Others like Kraigg Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse and Jonathan Carter have been part of either the West Indies senior or A-Team squads, so we want to see them continue pushing their claims. This is a stepping-stone to international cricket and I am hoping that some of the players in the team play well enough to be considered for honours above this level. We have a few of our senior players available and so this will also help us in our first few matches.

Taken from the Trinidad Guardian

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