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Rampaul and Barath are looking to excel during the CLT20
West Indies pace bowler Ravi Rampaul and opening batsman Adrian Barath are both working towards making their international return and hope their performances for Trinidad and Tobago in the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) will convince the national selectors to include them in the squad for the national team’s tour of New Zealand in December.
Rampaul has been out of action since injuring his ankle during the tri-series tournament, which involved India and Sri Lanka, in June.
Despite missing out on the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Rampaul is eager to get his international career back on track with some outstanding performances during the CLT20.
“I have been working with the trainer Oba [Gulston] for a couple of weeks and I got out today and feel good, so with some match practice we will see how it goes from there,” Rampaul said. “Things happen for a reason and I went back and looked at my performances and looked at ways I can improve my game. With everything there is always some good that will come out of it.”
Rampaul has also identified a few areas of concern in his game and is working on fixing them in order to make himself that much more dangerous of a bowler.
“There were a lot of slower balls and everyone was talking about death bowling, and those are the areas I will be looking to improve on, more variation and death bowling,” he said. “I hope these improvements, and a good Champions League, will push me back into West Indies contention.”
Barath meanwhile reiterated Rampaul’s comments and added that Trinidad and Tobago are hungry for success.
“It is always a privilege representing T&T,” Barath said. “As a team and for myself, we will be looking to make use of the preparation games [in Guyana] and try and play as a team, and this should do us good for the tournament.
“We have a good team. We have a good combination of guys and as we all know T&T is a very strong team and we just [have] to play our roles as individuals and that should help us as a team.”
Since being ousted from the West Indies squad in 2012, Barath has been working closely with legendary West Indian batsman Gordon Greenidge to rekindle the red hot form he was in when he made his international debut in 2009.
“I will be looking to play my game, try and bat through the innings and try and get the team into good positions as much as possible,” he said. “I think the tournament [CPL] was an okay tournament for me. I got some consistent scores. I played my part as opening batsmen, batting through the Powerplay, and doing the job for the team. I will be looking to do the same [for T&T] and hopefully make the New Zealand trip.”