All-rounders Guyana U-17s main weapon

Guyana Times article.

Georgetown, Guyana - Guyana will be seeking the only accolade that has eluded its youth team when the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) regional Under-17 tournament bowls off next week in Trinidad and Tobago.

And, according to coach Gavin Nedd, the team’s all-round ability is Guyana’s main weapon for success.

Nedd, during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times Sport on Friday said he is backing his charges to make Guyana proud, adding that the team would be going all out to win the title.

“Overall we have a very a good all-round team. We have players with the ability to perform at this level and win matches. The main strength of this side, however, is the team unity and self-belief. The players are a mentally strong group of young men. At the moment the players are thinking about their contribution to the team and the overall team goals.”

Nedd continued, “We have a positive attitude in the camp, team spirit and the level of discipline are very high and that the players are eager to get into action”.

Speaking about the players in the squad, the former youth player said, “We have a talented squad with capable batsmen and wicket-taking bowlers.”

He stated that he expects a lot from vice captain Renaldo Ali-Mohamed and fast bowling all-rounder Kemo Paul.

“These are two senior guys in the team; I know what they are capable of and I am looking forward to their support in every department,” added Nedd.

Guyana will be in action on Tuesday against the Leeward Islands.

The Guyanese will then play Barbados on July 9, hosts Trinidad and Tobago on July 11, Jamaica on July 13, and Windward Islands on July 15.

The tournament will comprise five rounds and 15 50-over matches that will be played on a round robin format.

The full squad reads: Travis Persaud (captain), Renaldo Ali-Mohamed (vice-captain), Adrian Sukwah, Raymond Perez, Ronaldo Rene, Sherfane Rutherford, Ramnarine Chatura, Timothy McAlmont, Brandon Prasad, Keemo Paul, Kelvin Shewprasad, Akenie Adams, Richie Looknauth and Ratash Umrao. Manager: Nazeer Mohamed and coach Gavin Nedd.

The squad will depart for Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday.

First Published In The Guyana Times.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 03:37