Sep 26, 2020 Sports
Surprised not have played more matches
At 19, left-arm Guyana Amazon Warriors, West Indies U-19 and West Indies emerging player, Guyanese Ashmead Nedd, says that the 2020 CPL T20 tournament was a learning experience for him and admitted that he was surprised at not playing more matches.
Trinbago Knight Riders won the tournament which was played behind closed doors in Trinidad in August and September when they beat St Lucia Zouks in the Final after the Zouks had knocked out the Warriors in their seventh semi-finals in the eighth edition of the tournament.
“I am satisfied with my performance and my figures, as a youngster playing in the CPL it was quite difficult bowling to players like Kieron Pollard, the Bravo brothers and Andre Russell and so on but I overcome it by doing the right things and having a clear mind, I was not studying any player and how I knew to bowl,” Nedd said.
“The CPL was a showcase with Regional and International players and was a higher standard than Regional cricket and more fast-paced but I think I fitted in well.
Playing without fans was not a problem for me since I grew up playing in Guyana without spectators. I heard that back in the days, cricket attracted large crowds but now even First- Class matches at Providence has few fans in the stands, so was accustomed to that,” explained Nedd.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic all the teams had to go through a two-week quarantine period at the Hilton hotel in Port-of-Spain on their arrival in the Twin-Island Republic, but according to the miserly spinner, this restriction did not affect him.
“The quarantine period did not affect me or the team too much. We had a few programmes that we could have done in our rooms so I don’t think it really affected me in any bad way.
My plan was to keep things simple and do what I do best. After looking at the way that Sandeep and Majeed bowled I told myself that I could do it and I went out there and execute,” said the teenager who has 11 wickets from six List ‘A’ matches.
The DCC player who was bought by the Leewards Hurricanes for the 2020-2021 West Indies Professional Players Draft for the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 and four-day PCL tournament, played just four matches in the CPL despite conceding only 73 from the 90 balls he bowled at an economy rate of 4.86 including a best of 1-10 on debut against Jamaica Tallawahs at the Brian Lara Academy last month August. He just batted once.
The son of former Guyana First-Class off-spinner Gavin Nedd who is also his Coach, admitted that he was surprised not have played more matches adding that he never encountered any major challenges in the tournament since in the games he played, he had a clear mind and was focused on getting the job done.
Looking ahead, Nedd, who became a father this week, is hopeful that the Regional season could still be played before year end, but is aware that with Covid-19 cases and deaths increasing in Guyana each day, safety takes precedence over sports.
“I think the biggest challenge for me is playing First-Class cricket. That’s a standard just under Test Cricket so it prepares you mentally, physically and technically. Playing First-Class cricket can be tough but the biggest challenge at first will be the mental part,” said Nedd, whose favorite cricketer is Shakib Al Hassan. (Sean Devers)
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