Jun 22, 2009 Sports
By Sean Devers
After being relegated to the stand by list, Berbice spinner Sahadeo Somai and Demerara left-hander Ryan Rajmangal quit the National two-week camp, as Guyana prepare for this year’s TCL West Indies Under-19 cricket tournament in Jamaica from July 9 to August 5.
Demerara batsman Rajendra Naikbarran, who has been named in the squad which will be captained by Anthony Bramble, was also absent when the encampment period commenced Saturday in Georgetown.
Thirteen of the 14 players selected to travel and four of the six standbys were involved in a Beep Test Saturday morning, before having a light training and catching session at the National Park in the afternoon.
Manager Alvin Johnson informed that Somai was given permission not to attend the camp, while Rajmangal walked out after not being named in the touring party.
“Somai’s father requested that he miss the camp to do a surgery on his shoulder and we granted him permission. I was told that if Somai was selected to go to Jamaica he would delay doing the surgery, but since he was not in the team, it was felt that in his best interest he do the surgery as early as possible,” Johnson explained.
The Manager since 2003 when Guyana played at home, Johnson said that he was not sure why Rajmangal left the camp, but suspected that it had to do with him not making the team. Johnson added that he informed Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), President Chetram Singh of the developments.
Naikbarran, a middle order batsman from East Coast, Demerara, who bowls part time off-spin, was absent yesterday and it was reported that he was vomiting blood. The extent of his illness is not known and if a player selected in the squad cannot make the trip then one of the standbys are drafted in.
The players were hoping to have their first practice session Saturday afternoon at the Police Sports Club ground Eve Leary, but morning rain forced the session to be cancelled.
Johnson said he was hoping to get a ground for turf practice and informed that the Guyana Defence Force ground, which is one of the fastest drying grounds in the city, would be available for a 09:00hrs practice session today.
“We have our first three-day practice match planned from Tuesday (tomorrow) but with the rain the problem is getting a ground. We are also looking at the possibility of using a hard surface venue to practice with concrete balls if the adverse weather continues,” Johnson added.
Guyana biggest problem over the years when preparing for the regional Under-19 series has been the lack of turf practice due to rain and Johnson, a former GCB Vice-President, said that the indoor facility at LBI, scheduled to be completed by November, will be of tremendous value to Guyana’s preparations in the future.
Guyana face the Leeward Islands in their opening game at Sabina Park and the Guyanese are hoping to lift their 12th three-day title and 1st since taking championship honours in St Kitts two years ago.
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