Mohamed, Persaud feel Guyana can win Regional U-17 title
By Zaheer Mohamed
Manager of the National U-17 team, Nazeer Mohamed, told Kaieteur Sport that Guyana have what it takes to win the regional U-17 tournament which will played in Trinidad from June 29.
Speaking during the team practice session yesterday at the Gandhi Youth Organization ground in Woolford Avenue, Mohamed who hails from Wakenaam, said that guys are responding well to the training sessions. “The players are committed and eager to do well. I
am confident the players will do a good job. They are supporting each other and the spirit is high. We have some talented players who can hold their own in any given situation,” he said.
Captain of the team Travis Persaud, who plays for the Demerara Cricket Club, stated that he is excited to captain his country. “It’s an honour to lead my country, the coach and manager put their trust in me to win this competition and i will do my best,” he said.
Persaud indicated that he is happy with his form. “I scored a few half centuries recently in the West Demerara second division tournament and I am hoping to continue in the regional competition”, he informed.
He said the players are gelling well. “We are doing drills together which help to us to identify our weaknesses and we can improve out techniques,” informed Persaud. He stated that he expects a lot from vice captain Shimron Hetymer and fast bowling all-rounder Kemo Paul. “These are two senior guys in the team, I know what they are capable of and I am looking forward to their support in every department”, added Persaud.
The captain affirmed the team allround ability is superb. “The bowlers are good enough to restrict oppositions, we have a variety to choose from, and our batsmen are more than capable of posting respectable totals,” he declared.
When quizzed about the team’s fielding, he pointed out that the inclement weather prevented them somewhat from getting enough practice in this department, but the players did well in the few drills they have had.
He stated that he is looking to make his country happy and as long as the guys play as a unit they will be very hard to beat. Meanwhile, Kemo Paul, who recovered from the injury he sustained during the recently concluded inter county competition which was won by Essequibo, said they are focused on the task ahead.
“We are prepared to give one hundred and ten percent and hopefully bring home the silver ware,” Paul stated emphatically.