Barbados Pride head coach Emmerson Trotman would like no better Christmas gift than to have his marquee players available for next week’s crucial clash against Guyana Jaguars in the Regional Four-Day competition.
The Pride have been forced to do without the services of Carlos Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach and Shane Dowrich, who were all on international duty for the West Indies, while West Indies captain Jason Holder has been recuperating from injury that forced him to miss the recent tour of Bangladesh.
However, while the tours of India and Bangladesh have ended and those players have returned home, England’s tour of the Caribbean bowls off next month, coinciding with the regional competition.
In a telephone interview with Barbados TODAY, Trotman admitted while he would love to have those players for the upcoming match against the defending champions starting January 4 at Kensington Oval, he had not yet received any word as to if they would be available.
“I don’t know as yet if they will be available so I will have to wait and see in the next couple of days what is the situation as far as Cricket West Indies is concerned, so I can’t give you an update at the present time,” Trotman said.
“But of course I’d love to have them in the team. They are very good professionals and it would be nice to have them. It’s always nice to have those boys around so we will wait and see what happens. I’ll look forward and I’m hoping that is the case.
“Guyana always seems to get home ahead of us, so this year we are hoping to turn that around this time, so we are definitely looking forward to it.”
Having lost their opening game against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes earlier this month before bouncing back to record a shock victory over Jamaica Scorpions, Barbados currently sit in second position on 22.6 points, behind Guyana who lead with 37 points.
Pride benefited from the return of the Test pair of Kraigg Brathwaite and Jomel Warrican for the Scorpions fixture, with left-arm spinner Warrican in particular making his presence felt with a 12-wicket match haul.
Despite their position, the Pride’s performances so far have left a lot to be desired, especially in the batting department.
They failed to chase 169 for victory against the Hurricanes and then were dismissed for 167 and 187 in their first and second innings respectively against the Scorpions, where they required a herculean bowling effort to register victory.
Trotman said he had been disappointed with his side’s batting efforts thus far.
“It was nice to win and get a bit of momentum heading into this contest. I’m not satisfied with the batting performance at all, but I’m satisfied with the win because that result will give us some confidence going into the next game,” he conceded.
On the other hand, the head coach praised his bowlers for consistently delivering.
“Our bowling performance has been pretty good so far. Miguel Cummins and young Jomel Warrican have been able to put their fingers up and done very well. We have a strong bowling attack and I’m quite happy with them,” Trotman said.