National T\20 uniform launched…Guyana can win C T\20 –Permaul
By Zaheer Mohamed
Captain of the Guyana Twenty\20 team Veerasammy Permaul said his team can win the Caribbean Twenty\20 tournament once they play to their full potential. He was speaking at the launching of the team uniform yesterday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
Permaul said that the encampment period was one of the best they have had in recent years and the players are eager for success. He also thanked the cricket board for their support and the Government for making the stadium available to the team.
Vice Captain Christopher Barnwell said they players are gelling as a unit and thanked the standbys for their contribution in preparing the team, he also urged them to continue training.
Star batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul thinks the players did well in the camp. “We have to take the same form in the tournament and be ready to face any team that comes in front of us, once we play as a unit at the end of the tournament Guyana flag will be flying high”, added Chanderpaul. The dependable middle batsman also urged the players to remain focused.
Secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board Anand Sanasie said the board did everything possible to prepare and outfit the team. He stated that the requirements of the players during the camp were met and it is now for them to go on and perform for the benefit of themselves and country.
“Do not allow the off field distractions to affect your performance on the field. You have won the tournament before and there is no reason why you cannot do it again”, he stated.
Meanwhile, Manager Alvin Johnson urged the players to work hard, remain focused and use the tournament as a platform to make their presence felt especially since a Caribbean T\20 league is in the making.
Coach Esuan Crandon thanked coaches Orin Bailey and Garvin Nedd for their assistance in preparing the team. He also said he is happy with the fitness level of the players.
Guyana will play Combine Campuses and Colleges in their first game before they face Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago at the Queens Park Oval after which they journey to St. Lucia to play Jamaica, Leeward and Windward Islands at the Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet.