Santokie, Cotterrell acquired by Guyana…Sammy also an option for this weekend’s T20s against T&T
By Sean Devers
The Jamaican pair of left-arm speedsters Krishmar Santokie and Sheldon Cotterrell have been acquired by one of the sponsors of the Guyana Amazon Warriors to play in two feature T20 matches at the National Stadium, Providence between Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago Red Force this Friday and Saturday under lights.
Up to least evening West Indies Skipper, St Lucian All-Rounder Darren Sammy, remained an option for a third foreign player to help provided the best possible challenge for T&T for their trip next month to India for this year’s Champions League.
When Guyana’s Amazon Conquerors qualified for the Champions League in South Africa three years ago the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) sent their National team here to aid the home team’s preparation and now the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) is reciprocating that gesture.
On Friday Universal DVD Club Berbice Titans play DCC Wolverines from 15:00hrs, while the next day the second overseas line-up, Suriname Tigers, take on West Demerara Mavericks also from 15:00hrs in the supporting games and tickets cost $1,000 each day for any stand.
Yesterday GCB Secretary Anand Sanasie confirmed that Santokie and Cottterrell are a part of the Guyana team and added that it will be known by last night if Sammy would also feature in the match.
It is understood that not all GCB members are in favor of Sammy’s inclusion since they don’t feel more than two foreign players should be accommodated and would rob a Guyanese of playing.
Despite the constant success of the 29-year-old Santokie at regional level in the shortest form of the game in recent times, Santokie’s only two T20s for the West Indies were surprisingly played almost a year apart with his last match coming against Australia in St Lucia in March last year.
Santokie’s 82 wickets from 44 T20s at an economy rate 6.04 is testimony to his skill with the new ball at the beginning of innings and at the ‘death’ with the old ball.
Santokie, who made his regional 50 overs debut for the West Indies under-19s against his native Jamaica at Enmore in 2007, has only 14 matches at that level and is yet to play a First-Class match.
Curtly Ambrose, the Guyana assistant coach, deemed him “the best bowler that isn’t playing West Indies cricket”
His 16 scalps in the just concluded LCPL was the most by any bowler and although his last over of what was otherwise magnificent tournament, produced 20 runs, his spell in the final still read a respectable 4-0-31-0.
Santokie’s addition to Guyana’s team will no doubt give T&T’s batsmen a stern test and go a long way towards redeeming himself after his heart breaking last over in the Final against his countrymen.
Cottterrell, a 24-year-old Soldier with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has picked up 20 wickets from 15 T20 matches. He captured eight wickets for Antigua in the LCPL and local fans can look out for his salute if he takes a catch or gets a wicket this weekend.
Guyana team: Ramnaresh Sarwan (Capt), Chris Barnwell (V/Capt), Narsingh Deonarine, , Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo, Leon Johnson, Steven Jacobs, Trevon Griffith, Paul Wintz, Keon Joseph, Anthony Bramble, Zaheer Mohamed, Rajiv Ivan and Robin Bacchus, Krishmar Santokie, Sheldon Cotterrell.