May the force be with you.
That refrain has returned to popular culture with the impending debut of the next installment of the Star Wars franchise. However, today that phrase is more applicable to another franchise, that of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket team the Red Force who return to the field in the West Indies 4-day tournament. The Red Force, the fore-bearers of CPL T20 champions Red Steel, seek to emulate the similarly named franchise by being victors in the longer format of the game. The T&T based team has not been successful in recent years, even finishing second from bottom in the 2014 edition, on the back of some poor batting performances.
This year, the onus will be on Evin Lewis, Yannick Cariah and the two Ottley's to correct that. The team has also been supplemented with the experienced Narsingh Deonarine who performed admirably for Guyana last year. In addition, the spin option is always a key weapon with talented Kavesh Kantasingh who has proven to be a bane against Trinidad in past years while representing CCC, hoping to get an extended run in this year's edition. Coach Gus Logie has had success as a coach in the past and hopes to transfer that success to his countrymen this year. Led by the experienced Rayad Emrit (at least for the first game) and including the talented all-rounder Imran Khan, the team expects to be challenging for top honours this year.
The team first game is away to the Leeward Islands, the only team with a worst record last year. A positive start for the season with a victory would indicate if the (Red) Force truly has awakened.
Trinidad & Tobago Red Force Squad:
Rayad Emrit(Captain), Evin Lewis, Kjorn Ottley, Kyle Hope, Yannic Cariah, Narsingh Deonarine, Yannick Ottley, Imran Khan, Steven Katwaroo, Kavesh Kantasingh, Shannon Gabriel, Daniel St. Clair, Bryan Charles, Gus Logie (Coach)