Chanderpaul returns to strengthen batting
By Sean Devers
Impressive National under-19 left-arm pacer Andre Stoll is the only new face in the Guyana 14-man squad which will defend their Regional T20 title from January 10 in Antigua.
The 18-year-old Police fast bowler who is also a useful lower order batsman joins Chris Barnwell and Esuan Crandon as the fast bowlers in the squad after a groin injury to Paul Wintz, who was a member of the Champions league team in South Africa, ruled him out of contention.
Former National under-19 pacer Kellon Carmichael who could also hold his own with the bat, could feel a bit unlucky not to have squeezed in as one of the seam bowlers while Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, who was unavailable for this year’s Caribbean Cup, the Champions League tournament in South Africa and last month’s Regional One-Day competition in Jamaica due to his HPC commitments, strengthens the Guyana bowling as he re-joins his Albion team mate Davendra Bishoo, Guyana’s Cricketer of the year.
Jonathon Foo, Guyana’s hero in the Caribbean Cup retains his place as does Steven Jacobs and Richard Ramdeen but Sewnarine Chattergoon, who is not ideally a T20 player, and Assad Fudadin have both been dropped from the teams that played in the Caribbean Cup and Champions League.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was not selected for the Champions League after he opted to play in the English county championships instead of representing Guyana in the Caribbean Cup but now reclaims his spot in the side.
Chanderpaul played in the 2008 Regional T20 tournament when Guyana lost in the semi-final but was absent on both occasion when Guyana emerged as champions, in 2006 in Antigua and this year in Trinidad.
Not naturally a destructive player, the 35-year old Chanderpaul could be asked to open the batting with Ramdeen with Travis Dowlin who struggled to get the new ball away in South Africa batting at number three or four.
A lot will depend on the team’s best T20 batsman Skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan while Narsingh Deonarine gets another chance to show his form and fitness and gives the side another useful bowling option.
Wicketkeeper Derwin Christian retains his place as the glove man mainly due to the poor showing behind the stumps in the Regional One-Day tournament by Anthony Bramble. He must know that the selector’s patience could be running thin with his impetuous shot selections with the bat although his keeping has been sound.
Lennox Cush who did not play in the GCB T20 tournament which was used to select the team, Wintz, Fudadin and Chattergoon are the players losing their places in the 15-man T20 side which traveled to South Africa as Chanderpaul, Stoll and Permaul replace them.
Carl Moore has been retained as manager while Ravendra Seeram, who is also a selector, has been retained as Coach despite winning just one tournament since he took over from Albert Smith in the middle of the 2009 First-Class season.
Seeram told Kaieteur Sport on Monday that the 14-man team would not have been selected until a second fitness test was done by this weekend. It has now been confirmed that the team had already been selected.
The remaining 8 players in the 22-man training squad have been put on stand by while Guyana Youth Cricketer of the year Amir Khan and teenage fast bowler Rensford Beaten have been asked to practice with the team.
The team, which could play a few practice matches in Trinidad before next year’s Caribbean Cup, which runs from January 10-23 in Antigua and Barbados, is scheduled to have their first practice match today at the Stadium.
Guyana T20 squad:- Ramnaresh Sarwan (Captain), Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Richard Ramdeen, Travis Dowlin, Narsingh Deonarine, Steven Jacobs, Jonathon Foo, Royston Crandon, Andre Stoll, Derwin Christian, Veerasammy Permaul, Davindra Bishoo, Chris Barnwell, Esuan Crandon.
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