Deonarine, Johnson available
By Sean Devers
Yesterday’s play on the first day of the three-day practice match at Bourda was called off just after Lunch due
to a wet outfield and according to Head Coach Esuan Crandon, efforts are being made to start the practice game today and play until Sunday.
This would serve as preparation for the next three overseas matches in West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Four-Day First-Class Cricket Franchise and will also be used to select the 13-man Guyana Jaguars squad which is scheduled to depart Guyana on February 4 for Jamaica where the fifth round contest will take place.
After four games in the first phase of the First-Class format last year, the Jaguars registered victories over the Leewards, Windwards and Trinidad & Tobago and their only loss was when they were bowled out for 66 chasing 69 to win against Barbados at Providence.
The Jaguars lead the points table with 57 points, seven ahead of Jamaica who are in second place and who the Jaguars next play at Sabina Park from February 6. The South American based team, which includes the only non-national player in the tournament in Bajan Raymond Reifer, will oppose the Leewards in St. Kitts and Barbados in Barbados the sixth and seventh rounds of matches, respectively.
They then return home to face Jamaica and T&T before travelling to Dominica for their final game in the ‘double round’ tournament.
Chairman of the National Selectors Rayon Griffith informed that the final 13-man squad should be known this weekend. He told Kaieteur Sport yesterday that Jonathon Foo, who was selected at the National level for the first time since 2010 when he helped Guyana to the Champions League T20 tournament in South Africa, but failed to play any game in the just concluded NAGICO Super50 in Trinidad & Tobago due to illness, was still sick.
”Foo did not practice since he is in Berbice recovering. Assad Fudadin who broke his finger while participating in a fielding drill with the West Indies team in South Africa, has also not fully recovered from that injury,” Griffith informed.
He said that the West Indies pair of Leon Johnson and Narsingh Deonarine are expected back on February 2 and will be available to strengthen the Jaguars team. Test opener Devon Smith, with 334 runs from three matches is the only batsman with more runs than Deonarine who has 306 from four games including two centuries.
Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul has the most wickets (32) while leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo on 21 victims, share the second spot on the wicket-takers list with T&T’s leg-spinner Imran Khan. Dethroned one-day champions Barbados have won the last two Four-Day tournaments.
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