By Sean Devers
Top of the table Guyana Jaguars have made three forced changes to their squad to face Barbados
from tomorrow at Providence and have replaced Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Leon Johnson and Assad Fudadin, who all leave for South Africa on Sunday with the West Indies team with Windies U-19 openers Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Shemron Hetmyer and pacer Keon Joseph.
Tagenarine Chanderpaul will replace his father, Hetmyer comes in for Assad Fudadin and Joseph replaces Johnson and joins Ronsford Beaton as the fast bowlers in the 13-man squad, in addition to medium pace all rounders Chris Barnwell and Bajan left-armer Raymond Reifer.
Demerara Captain Vishaul Singh, who was on the bench for the first two matches, will take over the leadership from Johnson. Narsingh Deonarine, who has started the season with back-to-back centuries in addition to claiming a five-wicket haul, was also considered as Captain but he is having a dream season and Cricket Guyana Inc did not want to burden him with the added responsibility of Captaincy. He is the Vice-Captain.
The Jaguars registered outright wins against Leewards and Windwards to jump to 34 points, 14 points ahead of second placed Trinidad & Tobago’s Red Force. The Jaguars will be keen to make it three in a row in their final home match for the year, this weekend.
Crandon told Kaieteur Sport yesterday that while three of their most senior batsmen will leave for South Africa and will be missed, their absence gives others an opportunity to step up and show their worth adding that Deonarine has been batting wonderfully so far and stressed that the others now have their change to put in outstanding performances.
“Vishaul (Singh) showed astute leadership during the Inter-County and while a consideration not to give the Captaincy to somebody who has not yet played a game, it was decided that Singh was the best man for the job. Guyana only has two more matches to play for the year and next year the team should be back to full strength so this is a chance for Singh to show his leadership qualities and also get big scores to maintain his place when the others return,” Crandon disclosed.
Guyana have not beaten Barbados in a long time at home and the former Guyana pacer said the last time they met at Providence earlier this year in a low-scoring day-night game, the Bajans utilized the conditions better than the local team did and some players had difficulty picking up the pink ball on a pitch that kept low. Crandon is however confident that his charges will turn things around on this occasion.
Guyana Jaguars team: Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Rajindra Chandrika, Shimron Hetmyer, Vishaul Singh (Captain), Narsingh Deonarine (vice Captain), Raymond Reifer, Anthony Bramble (wk), Christopher Barnwell, Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo, Ronsford Beaton, Keon Joseph, Trevon Griffith. The Head Coach is Esuan Crandon and the Manager/Assistant Coach is Rayon Griffith.
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