Malta Supreme sponsors Guyana cricket team
Players wing out today for Regional Super50
By Sean Devers
Banks Malta Supreme came on board at the eleventh hour to offer sponsorship for the Guyana Cricket team which wings out today for the 2014 Regional Super50 tournament from January 30 to February 16 in Trinidad & Tobago.
This is the first time Malta Supreme is sponsoring the team which is captained by Christopher Barnwell and Brand Manager Clayton McKenzie reminded that Banks DIH Ltd is always proud to support
sports adding that when the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) approached the Beverage Company for sponsorship they immediately came up with Malta Supreme.
“We chose Malta Supreme because it is a non-alcoholic Beverage with Vitamins and honey added to provide instant energy. We wish the team all the best and hope they are good Ambassadors for not only the brand but for all Guyana,” McKenzie noted.
Banks DIH was previously involved with the GCB, sponsoring the Banks Malta Inter-County four-day competition and McKenzie said the Company was happy to be the team’s official sponsor in the eight-team tournament which will broadcast live on ESPN Television.
The sponsor’s logo will be at the top back of the team’s shirt and also on the sleeve of the predominately lime green uniform which has a tinge of red, black and orange.
According to WICB Director and Secretary of the GCB, Anand Sanasie, the sponsor’s incentives will be divided into two parts with a sum of money going to the team for every win in the Preliminaries and another larger sum going to the team if they qualify for the final-four.
Sanasie was high in praise for the selectors and Chairman Rayon Griffith will travel with the side to the Twin Island Republic today.
Director of Sports, Parliamentarian Neil Kumar also congratulated Griffith and his team for picking one of the strongest Guyana teams in a long time and said that in all his years of following Guyana’s preparation he had never seen so much emphasis placed on physical fitness like this year.
Kumar told the players that the entire Guyana will be looking at them as they aim to give their country its 10th title at this level.
Two soldiers were hired to carry the players through their fitness drills and in an invited comment Coach Esaun Crandon felt the pair of Army personnel played a huge role in getting the player’s fitness up by constantly pushing them during training sessions.
He added that he was satisfied with the preparations provided by the GCB and opined that Guyana is in the tougher of the two groups. The South Americans are grouped with 2015 World Cup qualifiers Ireland, defending champions Windward Islands and eight-time past champions Jamaica.
“We are in a very competitive group but I am sure the guys are a bit relieved that Jamaica skipper Chris Gayle and Windwards Captain Darren Sammy are both out of the tournament due to injury.”
Crandon, a former first-class fast bowler, said he feels the strength of the team is its batting, but was quick to add that the bowlers were all capable of restricting the opposition to manageable totals.
Manager Alvin Johnson said he was confident that if everyone played to their full potential the team will return home with silverware.
“We have got a very powerful batting line-up with several batsmen who have played for the West Indies, while we have two Test spinners in our attack so we would not want to disappoint our fans,” Johnson noted.
He thanked the GCB for what he described as excellent preparation which included two day/night games at the National Stadium.
Guyana is scheduled to have their first practice session in Trinidad tomorrow before facing-off with Ireland on Friday in their opening game. They take on the Windwards on February 4 before battling Jamaica on Feb. 8 in three day/night matches which are all scheduled to commence at 13:30hrs.
The full Guyana team read: Christopher Barnwell (Capt.), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (vice-Capt.), Robin Bacchus, Ronsford Beaton, Devendra Bishoo, Anthony Bramble (wk), Royston Crandon, Narsingh Deonarine, Assad Fudadin, Trevon Griffith, Leon Johnson, Veerasammy Permaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Paul Wintz, Esaun Crandon (Coach), Alvin Johnson (Manager).