Dec 05, 2015 Sports
Cricket Guy Inc. (CGI) inaugural Local Franchise League bowls off today with four matches. Action between Upper Corentyne and East Coast Demerara franchises will be at the Enmore Community Centre ground,
Georgetown versus Lower Corentyne/New Amsterdam/Canje at Albion Community Centre ground, West Berbice against Essequibo at Georgetown Cricket Club ground, and West Demerara versus East Bank Demerara/Upper Demerara at Wales Community Centre ground.
This League seeks to uphold the highest professional standards, where players are committed to team goals and other task related to the player development assignment. It also seeks to model the cricket development methodology utilized by the WICB Professional Cricket League, thereby widening the pool of players locally who can participate in a purposeful career path.
The league will see players being tutored under a proficient coaching education programme, be guided through a psychological development plan, be groomed under a vibrant mentorship system, and participate in a highly competitive tournament, which attracts favorable payment packages for all players and coaches. The League is also staffed by remunerated Scorers, Match Referees, Umpires, and an Umpire Coach.
In an effort to widen the pool of players, and to provide greater opportunities for local players, eight league teams have been set up across the country, namely Upper Corentyne, Lower Corentyne/New Amsterdam/Canje, West Berbice, East Coast Georgetown, East Bank/Upper Demerara, West Demerara and Essequibo. All of the teams are assigned professional guest players.
As a consequence, the Local Franchise League will feature the contracted and Academy players being assigned to the teams, with Upper Corentyne having the support of Devendra Bishoo, Anthony Bramble and Assad Fudadin, with Lower Corentyne/New Amsterdam/Canje featuring Veerasammy Permaul, Raun Johnson and Shimron Hetmyer, while Keon Joseph, Kandasammy Surujnarine and Gudakesh Motie will turn out as professionals for West Berbice, whereas East Coast Demerara will include Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Paul Wintz, Rajendra Chandrika and Steven Sankar, while Georgetown will feature Leon Johnson, Christopher Barnwell, Raj Nanan and Kemol Savory as their professional guest players. East Bank/Upper Demerara contain Robin Bacchus, Tevin Imlach, Dexter Solomon and Vishaul Singh, whereas West Demerara will have Javon Searles, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Akshaya Persaud, Steven Jacobs and Kemo Paul.
Essequibo will feature, Ronsford Beaton, Raymon Reifer, Kevon Boodie and Anthony Adams. However the Essequibo selectors, who have short-listed their team recently, surprisingly omitted wicketkeeper batsman Wayne Osbourne. Osbourne was selected in the county’s previous team and scored a fifty in the final of the previous Busta festival for Wakenaam against Central Essequibo. When contacted, chairman of the ECB selection panel Aotto Christiani declined to comment on his non selection.
The Precursor to the Inaugural Local Franchise League has already created hype among cricket playing individuals, and is expected to stimulate interest among the cricketing public.
The League is being utilized by the CGI to realize the goal of the organization-to catapult the competitive standard of the game locally to attain new and unassailable heights.
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