Griffith pleased with Demerara players’ level of fitness

Guyana Chronicle article.

Georgetown, Guyana - Senior Chairman of Selectors of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Rayon Griffith yesterday morning expressed his pleasure with the results achieved by the Demerara Cricket Board’s (DCB) squad of players, who had just undertaken a rigorous fitness test at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground.

However, while Griffith expressed his pleasure at the results, he still feels more needs to be done in order to get them to a specific level of fitness in time for next year’s West Indies Cricket Board’s Regional Super50 competition which will be held in Trinidad and Tobago.

“Basically, the fitness test was done, giving us an idea of where the players are as it relates to their fitness level, which we can use as a guideline with the aim of developing them and helping them get better in days to come, especially for national duties,” said Griffith.

The former national fast bowler, who supervised the sessions that were held under the guidance of coach Orin Bailey, believes that once the players have achieved a certain level of fitness, it makes the GCB’s preparatory camp an easier one for the coaches.

“When the players come into a national camp, the coaches are faced with the task of assessing their fitness levels, before they can go into their planned work and that in itself takes away much time from the camp.

“However, I have decided to visit all three counties who will be participating in this year’s Inter-county tournament and have a first-hand view of the players’ fitness, having done so in Essequibo last Saturday, doing it with Demerara today and scheduled to go to Berbice on Friday to have a look at their players as well.”

“We need them to be ready and fit for national duties. Having said that, yes what I saw this morning is acceptable, but more work still has to be done at a respective level for all of them,” said Griffith.

Asked if he would single out any specific player or players for special mention, the soft-spoken Griffith declined to do so, but expressed heartfelt gratitude to the three Limacol Caribbean Premier League players in Christopher Barnwell, Steven Jacobs and Trevon Griffith, who, despite being exempted from the session, showed their faces and worked along with the guys.

“We know that the players who competed in the Limacol CPL, were put under some rigorous training schedules daily, while in the case of Barnwell, he was called to duties with both the West Indies ‘A’ and senior teams during the course of the year, so they were exempted from the sessions.

However, it was a wonderful sight to see all three of them turning up and working alongside the guys, with Barnwell completing the beep test while they all did the fitness drills and this in itself could have served as a confidence-booster for several of the players,” stated Griffith.

He added, “Indeed it was a pleasure to have them here, even urging on the younger guys during the beep test and certainly I would expect more of that from them at the national level, wherein they can offer guidance and assistance to the younger players in the team, as it helps to build camaraderie within any team.”

The Demerara squad had a net session at the venue yesterday afternoon, while the final 14 will be named shortly, giving Bailey adequate preparation time in order for them to be ready for their first game against Essequibo on Saturday at the GCC ground.

First Published In The Guyana Chronicle.

Tue, 09/17/2013 - 04:01