By Sean Devers in Barbados
New Line Cavaliers left-handed middle order batsman Gajanand Singh and DCC all-rounder Chris Barnwell are scheduled to arrive in Barbados tomorrow as replacements for Test players Narsingh Deonarine and Travis Dowlin.
The 23-year-old Barnwell who lost his place in the First-Class side after an ordinary regional one-day tournament in Guyana, averages 24.62 and has 2 fifties from 9 First-class matches and has taken 14 wickets at an average of 42.35 after making his debut against the Leeward Islands in Nevis last year.
The talented right-hander scored a century in the practice matches after being left out of the side and will give Skipper Sewnarine Chattergoon a fast bowling option in a bowling attack that has already conceded 400 plus total against both of the teams they have played this season.
The 22-year-old Singh, a former West Indies under-19 player who represented both Demerara and Berbice at the senior inter county level, played the last of his 5 First Class matches against Barbados at Providence last year.
Singh, who made his debut against Jamaica at Sabina Park in 2008, averages 19.57 with a highest score of 43 not out at the First-Class level and made a century in the last practice for the national team before they departed for their opening game in Antigua.
Deonarine and Dowlin are the 2 Guyanese on the West Indies team for the ODI and 20/20 series which starts next month in Australia and already without senior batsmen Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan, the Guyanese, who have struggled badly with the bat this season despite Deonarine’s ton in Antigua, will badly miss their departing West Indies batsmen as they prepare to battle CCC at the 3Ws Oval from Friday in their next match.
Manager Carl Moore informed that the team spirit is high despite the lack of more success so far by the Guyanese and lamented that the loss of Dowlin and Deonarine will be a big blow for his team who has 4 matches to play and time running out to get back in the fray to vie for their first First-Class title since 2002.
Both Singh and Barnwell were members of the Guyana side which finished last in the 7-team competition last year and Coach Ravindra Seeram, the former Guyana First-Class batsman, is hoping that the young batsmen like Rajendra Chandrika, Assad Fudadin and Royston Crandon can work on their concentration as they aim to produce more consistent scores in the remaining matches.
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