Mar 09, 2011 Sports
Chattergoon still unavailable
By Sean Devers
Twenty-seven year-old Test middle-order batsman Narsingh Deonarine has returned from injury to strengthen the National cricket team which will oppose England Lions from Friday at the Guyana National Stadium while his Albion team mate Sewnarine Chattergoon is still unavailable.
The three-man Guyana selection panel consulted with Coach Mark Harper yesterday and selected the 13-man squad which will be led by Assad Fudadin. A Vice Captain will be named shortly.
Deonarine who missed Guyana’s matches against Jamaica, the Leewards, the Windwards and Barbados due to initially a shoulder injury and then ‘Tennis Elbow’ will have a fitness test today after producing a medical report clearing him to return to action. Deonarine played the last of his 83 First-Class matches in June last year when he made 46 & duck for the West Indies against South Africa.
Opener Shemroy Barrington and pacer Keon Joseph have been added to the 13 man-squad which will want to keep their semi-final hopes alive by avoiding defeat this weekend.
Guyana on 13 points, behind Jamaica (36), T&T (33), England Lions (30), CCC (27) and the Windwards (23) and will need at least a draw against the English to stay in contention of going into their final two games against CCC in Barbados and T&T at Albion.
Pacer Esuan Crandon has not been selected despite recovering from a side strain which forced him to miss the last match. Teenage pacer Rensford Beaton is set to make his First-Class debut and open the bowling with Test pacer Brendon Bess.
Deonarine replaces Chris Barnwell while off-spinner Zaheer Mohamed comes in for Davendra Bishoo who has been selected for the World Cup in the only two changes to the squad from the last match at Providence last week.
The twenty-five year-old Mohamed, who played the last of his 12 First-Class matches against the Leeward Islands in Trinidad, last year February, should provide support for left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul.
Fudadin could again be asked to open with Rajendra Chandrika while Gajanand Singh has been given another chance after playing his first game this season against Barbados last week. Leon Johnson, Vishaul Singh, Royston Crandon, Steven Jacobs and Wicketkeeper Derwin Christian are the other batsmen in the 13-man squad.
The English have been the most consistent batting side in the tournament and the young Guyana attack could have their work cut out on what should be a slow track at Providence.
Guyana 13-man squad reads:- Assad Fudadin (Captain), Rajendra Chandrika, Leon Johnson, Narsingh Deonarine, Vishaul Singh, Steven Jacobs, Derwin Christian, Zaheer Mohamed, Veerasammy Permaul, Brendon Bess, Rensford Beaton, Royston Crandon, Gajanand Singh.
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