Fudadin disappointed in CT20 exclusion

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - West Indies middle order batsman Assad Fudadin revealed his disappointment with being left out of the national T20 team for next month’s Caribbean T20 tournament.

Fudadin, who represented Guyana in one T20 game against South Australia in 2010 during the Champions’ League in South Africa, was left out of the 14-man touring party when the GCB senior selection team named the team last week Monday. Fudadin was named as one of seven reserve players by the team.

Speaking to Guyana Times Sport on Thursday, the Berbician, commonly called by his middle name, Badyr, in local cricket circles, said that he find it strange to represent the regional side at the highest level and now cannot represent his country.

“I returned from Bangladesh fully energised and to be left out of the team, I finds it rather strange, while I am disappointed, I can’t be thinking now about that, instead I am focused on the way forward and that is the regional four-day and one-day tournaments,” Fudadin said.

The 27-year-old Fudadin said while he respects the selectors’ decision, he feels that something is amiss with the selection criteria.

“I don’t know on what basis the selectors picked the squad, but if the selectors picked the squad based on the local tournaments, I should have been part of the squad. If you check my performance at the local level it will tell you,” Fudadin said.

Chairman of the selection panel, Rayon Griffith last week disclosed at a Guyana Cricket Board press conference that he was confident that the best team was selected to represent Guyana at the upcoming tournament.

Griffith also revealed that the squad was selected based on last year’s Carib/Pepsi National T20 competition and this year’s Caribbean T20 tournament that was played in Antigua and Barbados. However, Fudadin was not part of the national T20 setup this year.

Meanwhile, on paper it appears as if Guyana, inaugural winners of the tournament and representatives of the Caribbean region in 2010, is the team to beat. Selectors went for experience and allrounders, with the inclusion of world number one Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and out-of-favour West Indies middle order batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan.

Also included in the squad are: Leon Johnson, Narsingh Deonarine, Trevon Griffith, Royston Crandon and Jonathan Foo.

In the bowling department there are: skipper Versammy Permaul, dropped West Indies legspinner and former ICC Emerging Player-of-the-Year Devendra Bishoo, Steven Jacobs, Rajiv Ivan and West Indies Under-19 fast bowler Ronsford Beaton.

Guyana will open their campaign against the Combined Campuses and Colleges on January 7, at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago while their other matches in the preliminary round will be against Barbados (January 10), Trinidad and Tobago (January 12), Jamaica (January 15), Leeward Islands (January 17) and Windward Island (January 18).

Team Guyana: Veerasammy Permaul (Captain), Trevon Griffith, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Leon Johnson, Narsingh Deonarine, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Christopher Barnwell (vice captain), Royston Crandon, Steven Jacobs, Derwin Christian (WK), Jonathan Foo, Devendra Bishoo, Ronsford Beaton and Rajiv Ivan.

Standby players: Dillon Heleyger, Assad Fudadin, Paul Wintz, Keon Joseph, Anthony Bramble, Andre Stoll, Shimron Hetmyer.

First Published In The Guyana Times.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 17:58