The Albion Community Centre Cricket Club (ACCCC), which is one of the top cricket club’s in Guyana, is expressing extreme disappointment yet again with the non-selection of Veerasammy Permaul on the Cricket West Indies’ team for the impending tour to England.
The club in a press release stated that Permaul’s omission is mindboggling, taking into consideration the young man’s dominance with the ball in both the Regional First Class and Limited Overs’ Cricket tournaments over the years. It stated that the abbreviated just concluded 2019/2020 First Class season was no exception where he bagged 50 wickets.
The club is saying that, “Selection must be based purely on merit and undoubtedly Permaul merits his selection based on his performance. What wrong has he done? His performance speaks for itself year after year, season after season but yet still he is continued to be ignored by the selectors.”
In the last six years, the left-arm-spinner and more that capable lower-order batsman has taken 290 wickets at the regional first-class level at a very impressive average of 16.90, inclusive of 18 five-wickets in an innings and 7 ten wickets or more in a match.
With over 536 first class wickets under his belt, Permaul’s performance is unmatched but was only able to represent the West Indies in six test matches, the last of which was in 2015.
Permaul’s non-selection on the Cricket West Indies team for the tour of England is a disincentive to young cricketers not only at Albion but in Berbice, Guyana and the West Indies as a whole.
“We at the Albion Community Centre Cricket Club therefore demand an explanation from the Cricket West Indies’ selectors for Permaul’s non-selection as we are eager to know what more he must do to be selected.”
The club is saying that something is not right and previous utterances from a senior member of the GCB, who is a CWI director, is troubling. (Samuel Whyte)
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