Dec 09, 2011 Sports
Mark Harper relieved of duties
By Sean Devers
Former Guyana batsman Rovindra Seeram gets his second stint as National senior cricket team Coach replacing his former National teammate Mark Harper who had replaced him in the job after this year’s Caribbean Cup Twenty20 competition in Antigua and Barbados.
The 54-year-old Harper, who averaged 33.66 and scored four centuries in 42 First-Class matches, took over the reigns as National head Coach for this year’s Regional four-day tournament and his last assignment was in last October’s Regional 50-over competition in which Guyana lost at the semi-final stage.
The 50-year-old Seeram, who averaged 35.03 and scored three tons in 41 First-Class matches, had replaced the long-serving Albert Smith as National Head Coach in the middle of the 2009 Regional First-Class season.
Seeram, a national selector, took Guyana to championship honors in last year’s Caribbean Cup T20 tournament. The National side lost all of their games under him in the 2010 Champions League in South Africa and for the first time failed to reach the semi-finals of a Regional T20 tournament this year before he was sacked.
David Black who replaced the long-serving Carl Moore as Manager for this year’s Regional 50-over competition has been retained as the Guyana Manager for the 2012 Regional T20 tournament which starts on January 9 in Antigua.
The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) yesterday also announced that for the first time an Assistant Coach will tour with the team. David Harper, the 49-year-old Everest player who scored two fifties and averaged 23.71 in eight First-Class matches between 1986 and 1989 will perform duties as Seeram’s deputy.
GCB Cricket Operations Officer Robin Singh will provide Technical (video analysis) and logistical support and along with Black, Seeram, Harper, new Captain Christopher Barnwell and his Vice- Captain Veerasammy Permaul will constitute the on- tour management team.
David Harper recently returned from England where he worked and qualified as a level two coach and coached the Georgetown Pitbulls in the recent Carib/Pepsi T20 Tournament.
“We wish him good luck and success in this new role and to this end the GCB intends to provide all material and logistical support for the Amazon Conquerors as they seek to repeat their historic feat of winning the Caribbean T20 tournament last year and bring glory, joy and unity to all Guyanese people everywhere,” the GCB also congratulated Seeram on his re-appointment in a press release yesterday.
Mark Harper was thanked for the work he has done in previous tournaments while the GCB reminded that coaching assignments are done on a tour-by-tour basis.
Guyana, looking to gain a place in next year’s Champions League in India, takes on the Leewards Islands on January 9 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in their opening game.
The Amazon Conquerors will be without regular Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan while present Test players Shiv Chanderpaul and Davindra Bishoo are included.
The Guyana team: Christopher Barnwell (Captain), Veerasammy Permaul (Vice Captain), Trevon Griffith, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Leon Johnson, Royston Crandon, Steven Jacobs, Derwin Christian, Devendra Bishoo, Dillon Heyliger, Rajiv Ivan, Ronsford Beaton.
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