Sarwan could be rested today but Shiv expected to play
By Sean Devers in Trinidad
The confidence of the Guyana Malta Supreme team is high despite a few slight cases of illness in their camp ahead
of today’s game against Jamaica in their final preliminary round of the Regional Super50 cricket competition at the Queens Park Oval in Port-of-Spain.
According to Manager of the team Alvin Johnson, Vice-Captain Shiv Chanderpaul has recovered well from an abscess at the back of his right thigh. He batted with little discomfort in the nets yesterday and should play today.
He however informed that leading run-scorer in the tournament Ramnaresh Sarwan and opener Assad Fudadin have contracted influenza and are being monitored ahead of today’s game.
But Johnson feels since Guyana is already in the semis this was a great opportunity for those who have not yet played to get their chance today.
“The Coach, Captain and chairman of selectors (Rayon Griffith) are the ones dealing with selection issues. So that’s my personal view. While it’s important that we win, I feel that since it’s not a must win game we could give the guys a little rest,” Johnson opined.
Griffith said that every game is a big game and while it does not matter who Guyana plays in the semi-final, a win would be good for the players since as a team you need to cultivate the habit of winning. “If we want to win this tournament we will have to beat all the best teams at some point so we don’t have a preference at the moment.”
“We want to win the zone but we will make a decision in the morning (today) if Sarwan plays or not. Fudadin’s condition is not as serious. Apart from that, the team spirit is high and we are satisfied with the way things are going so far,” Griffith, a former First-Class fast bowler, explained.
Griffith said the team has taken note of the slow strike rate of the top order and revealed that the topic of scoring a bit faster has been discussed in the Guyana camp.
“We have discussed the number of dot balls that we have faced and should see a difference in the other games. I think (Chris) Barnwell and (Leon) Johnson played really well in the last few overs to ensure we got challenging scores,” Griffith disclosed.
The Guyanese had their last practice yesterday at the outdoor nets at the ‘Oval’ and Skipper Barnwell said his side was taking it step by step.
“We’re just focusing on our goal and the process. We would love to be in the final. We’re in the semi-finals so I think it is just a matter of taking the next game that we’ve got in stride and trying to continue with this momentum. We don’t want to be looking too far ahead of ourselves,” the 27-year-old Barnwell said.
Today’s Day/Night game is scheduled to commence at 14:00hrs.