Latcha is lone uncapped player selected
By Sean Devers
Twenty-one year-old off-spinner Steven Latcha is the only player without any senior team experience named in a young Guyana 14-man squad for this year’s Regional Super50 cricket tournament from October 18-29 in Guyana.
Latcha, who played for the West Indies under-15 team in 2005 and last played at the Regional under-19 level in Barbados in 2008, began his career at Rose Hall Town before playing for Albion. He is the son of former Berbice Captain Randolph Latcha and now represents Bermine in Berbice division one cricket.
After a battery of fitness tests yesterday at Bourda the National Senior Selectors headed by former First Class pacer Rayon Griffith selected fourteen players and six stand-bys to prepare for next month tournament.
The fitness tests were conducted by the Cricket Development Officer (CDO) of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) former Test pacer Reon King, National Coach Mark Harper, Trainer Orin Bailey and Fitness Expert Noshavyah King.
The 28-year-old Narsingh Deonarine, who has played eight Tests and 20 ODIs but none since June last year in Barbados, was not considered for selection after he failed to turn up for yesterday’s mandatory fitness test in the city.
The Selectors recommended Assad Fudadin as Captain and Leon Johnson as Vice-Captain and recommendations were accepted by the GCB.
Usual Skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan, who was replaced on the West Indies team to Bangladesh by Kieron Powell due to a recurring back injury, has been selected in the 14 despite missing the El Dorado 50-over tournament which concluded last Sunday at Albion with Berbice beating Demerara in the final.
According to the GCB Sarwan’s selection is subject to his clearance from ‘ongoing medical and fitness issues’ and should his condition remain unchanged on October 14 a request will be made to the WICB for him to be replaced in the squad by 34-year-old Travis Dowlin who played the last of his six Test matches last year against South Africa.
Thirty-year-old Test opener Sewnarine Chattergoon, who played his last ODI against New Zealand in 2009, has been re-called to the national team which also includes the pugnacious Jonathon Foo, West Indies under-19 leg-spinner Amir Khan, his West Indies under-19 team mate pacer Ronsford Beaton, pacer Paul Wintz and former West Indies under-19 opener Trevon Griffith, who will all make their National 50-over debuts after previously representing Guyana at other levels.
Khan and Beaton made their First-Class debuts this year while Foo, Wintz and Griffith have played for Guyana at the t20 level.
Spin is expected to dominate on the slow Guyana pitches and Beaton and Paul Wintz are the pacers selected with medium pace back up expected from all rounders Chris Barnwell and Fudadin.
David Black makes is regional senior team debut as Manager replacing the long-serving Carl Moore while former first-class batsman Mark Harper has been retained as Coach.
The Guyana 14-man squad read:-Trevon Griffith, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Assad Fudadin, Leon Johnson, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Steven Jacobs, Royston Crandon, Christopher Barnwell, Derwin Christian, Amir Khan, Steven Latcha, Paul Wintz, Jonathan Foo, Ransford Beaton, (Manager)- David Black, (Coach)-Mark Harper
Standbys: Travis Dowlin, Vishaul Singh, Anthony Bramble, Norwayne Fredericks, Eugene La-Fleur, Clinton Pestano.
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