Essequibian thrilled with national U-17 selection
Being selected to play for Guyana in the Regional under-17 cricket Tournament which commences on June 30 and runs to July 8, Essequibo’s under-17 opener Parmesh Parsotan says he is one step closer in realizing his dream of playing for the West Indies.
The 16-year-old right-handed batsman received the news of his selection for his country last week and is scheduled to travel with the rest of the 14-man squad on Saturday to Tobago. Tobago is a part of the Twin Island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago and will host this year’s tournament.
One of five Essequibians to be selected to represent Guyana in the 2013 Regional U-17 competition, Parsotam who hails from the village of Affiance on the Essequibo Coast, started playing cricket at the Affiance Cricket club as a 10-year-old and displayed consistent diligence as an all-rounder. His talent was nurtured by Hemchandra, who is in charge of the youngsters at the Affiance club.
Hemchandra indicated that the Affiance Cricket club is in existence for decades and the club is sustained by donations from the Region Two Administration and Non-Governmental Organizations.
According to Hemchandra the club was formed in the interests of young men in the area to help discourage them from social ills, such as drug-use.
Young Parsotam plays cricket most of the time, especially on weekends and after School. Parsotam batting ability was additionally recognized after he recently played against Berbice, at the Everest Ground. The talented lad batted through the innings in an unbeaten 40 for Essequibo in a losing effort.
Parsotam, a former student of the Anna Regina Secondary School, is awaiting his Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) results. The aspiring cricketer wrote ten subjects but has ambitions to pursue cricket as his career.
“I love cricket and I see myself being a professional cricketer in the future.” The teenager confidently disclosed.
Parsotam said his intention is to remain focused in scoring runs for his team. He said he gets the support to continue fulfilling his dreams from his parents.
The eldest of four siblings, his cricket idol is Indian batting sensation Sachin Tendulkar, who made his Test debut as a 16-year-old. (Yannason Duncan)