Sookdeo to Captain Demerara in GTM Inter-County U-19 cricket
Three national players included
National under-19 opening batsman Jeetendra Sookdeo has been appointed Captain of the Demerara under-19 team which will oppose Essequibo in the opening round of the GTM Three-Day competition in Essequibo.
The competition was scheduled to commence today at Anna Regina but has been postponed due to the inclement weather.
The Guyana Cricket Board yesterday disclosed that a new date for the commencement of the first round will be set on Monday but added that the venue will remain the same.
Sookdeo, a stylish left-handed batsman and one of three players in the 14-man squad with regional under-19 experience, missed the Demerara Cricket Board Inter-Association under-19 limited overs competition due to a back injury and his inclusion should strengthen the batting.
Guyana under-19 player Trevon Griffith, who led Georgetown in the Inter-Association tournament, should open the batting with fellow left-hander Sookdeo while unorthodox left-arm spinner Totaram Bishun is the other player in the squad with National under-19 experience.
Six players who represented Guyana in last December’s regional under-17 competition in Trinidad are also in the squad which includes 11 players from DCB under-19 champions Georgetown.
Ryan Rajmangal, Vickesh Dhaniran, Rajendra Nickbarran, Kishan Shivgobin, Delon Fernandes and wicketkeeper Dexter Solomon should carry the batting while left-arm pacer Andre Stoll and medium pacer Carl Rambarose can all be termed all-rounders at this level. Bishun, who played in the regional under-19 series in St Kitts in 2007 and Barbados last year, will lead the spin attack with support from the national under-17 spin pair of off-spinner Ricardo Devers and former West Indies under-19 leg-spinner Amir Khan, who took the only hat-trick in the DCB under-19 competition.
Shivgobin should provide support with his leg spin while Guyana under-17 pacers Seon Daniels and Stoll, along with Rambarose are the three pacers selected to travel to Essequibo.
National under-17 Coach Orin Bailey will Coach the side while Mustapha Kadir is the Manager. Six stand bys have also been selected and the team is expected to participate in a short camp and possibly play a practice match before their first game in Region two.
The Demerara U-19 squad read: – Jeetendra Sukdeo (Captain), Trevon Griffith
Ryan Rajmangal, Vickesh Dhaniram, Kishan Shivgobin, Dexter Solomon, Rajendra Nickbarran, Ricardo Devers, Totaram Bishun, Amir Khan, Seon Daniels, Carl Rambarose, Delon Fernandes, Andre Stoll, Orin Bailey (Coach), Mustapha Kadir. Standbys:-Delroy Charles, Arif Habbib, Megha Dhanpaul, Quincy Ovid-Richardson, Shameer Fazal, Premchand Rampersaud
All players are asked to make contact with Coach Bailey on 669-2492 concerning encampment and practice sessions.