A 13-member Cricket Newfoundland and Labrador (CNL) squad will look to improve on a third place finish at last year’s Atlantic T20 tournament at this year’s event in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
"We’re sending an excellent squad this year, with the best performers from last year boosted by new recruits and the best players from our local league,” said captain Rakesh Negi, who believes the team’s strength is the all-round ability of the squad, with seven front-line bowlers and capable bats right down the order.
With the tournament being held later in the summer than in previous years, coach Sentill Selvamani says it allowed for more practice time, which was important with a couple of younger players joining the roster.
“This year, we have a couple of youngsters on the squad such as Manveer Singh Khural who has grown up through Cricket NL over the years. We’re also very pleased to have recruited Rahul Vashisht, a very exciting all-rounder who has moved to the province,” Selvamani stated.
“Also this year we have some young promising talent in all-rounders Taha Rasul, Zain Waism and Hummam Bin Saif that will be supplemented by our veteran batsman Gurman Khurana and talented wicket-keeper/batsman Kranthi Kumar.”
The team also includes experienced players Kavish Srivatsava, Saad Jahangir and Kaivalya Kulkarni, who is also a team selector. Other members of the team includes Kaivalya Kulkarni, Taha Rasul, Zain Wasim, Saravana Kumar.
Cricket NL has participated in the Atlantic tournament ever year since being established in 2010. Financial support from sponsors Tata Steel has reduced barriers that players faced in participating.
The team opens with two games Friday, against host P.E.I. and Quebec. They face last year's champions, Nova Scotia, on Saturday and conclude against New Brunswick on Sunday.
All matches will be played at Cricket P.E.I.’ s ground at Tea Hill Park in Stratford, just outside Charlottetown.