Former national player impressed with softball talents

Guyana Times article.

Georgetown, Guyana - “There is an abundance of softball talent in Guyana that is incomparable to the rest of the world.”

That is the contention of former national softball player, Mahendranauth Parasnauth, who, during an exclusive interview with  Guyana Times, also spoke highly of the level of attention that is being given to the game of softball here in Guyana.

Parasnauth, popularly called “Bobby” was a devastating player during the 90s, whether he had the ball or bat in hand.

During his time, he would have rubbed shoulders with some local giants of softball, winning numerous trophies and accolades, both at the team and individual level.

Now harnessing his skills in Ontario, Canada, where he has been residing for close to a decade, Parasnauth said he is impressed with the level of talent here in Guyana, noting that little has changed from the 90s as the players still play the game in a competitive spirit.

“When I look at these guys [the current crop] play, you can see the competitiveness in them, much like the same way we did back in the days. Not much has changed, because just like our time, you’re constantly seeing 18 and 20-year-old players popping up from all over the place and playing the game real hard,” Parasnauth, who was part of the Ontario Masters team at last week’s Guyana Softball Cup III, reasoned.

He added that while softball cricket is rapidly gaining popularity in North America, what exists in Guyana is incomparable to the rest of the world, since the game had its roots here.

“North America is different in the sense that here [Guyana] has more talent and it is here where the game has constantly evolved over the years. The standard here is much higher than what is in North America,” he said.

Meanwhile, Parasnauth also endorsed the Guyana Softball Cup III, which concluded last Sunday at the GCC ground, Bourda, with Trophy Stall and New York Better Hope winning the Open and Masters segment respectively.

He said the tournament was well organised and fiercely competitive, taking time out to recognise the efforts of the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) and the players of the 26 local and foreign teams for doing a splendid job during the November 8-10 tournament.

While in Canada, Parasnauth plays for the Sunrise Cricket Club. In 13 matches this season, he made 163 runs at a remarkable average of 54.33 and also picked up 22 wickets at an astonishing economy rate of 3.96.

First Published In The Guyana Times.

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 13:02