Guyanese Travis Blyden delighted with Canadian experience
Toronto, Canada - Guyanese Travis Blyden is delighted with the experience he has gained in Canada so far since his inaugural trip in 2011 after another satisfactory year for Civics Cricket Club (CCC).
The former Guyana under-19 reserved cricketer scored two centuries in this year’s edition while he made a good impact too with the ball churning out several impressive performances with his leg-spinner.
Since his commencement this season, the right-hander also featured in a number of significant partnerships that helped propelled his team to the Elite Division for the 2014 competition and that has also encouraged Blyden to return next year.
According to the Guyana Defence Force first-division, versatile all-rounder, playing the game professionally in North America helped with his cricket generally and it also triggered high hopes of wearing Guyana’s colours at the senior level.
He declared having played alongside former West Indies batsman Keith Semple, he felt there was a great sense of achievement for him and stated that Semple was very helpful in all aspects of his game.
“I really satisfied with my performances this year; the guys played well and the more important thing our team has advanced to the Elite Division which I think [is] a great accomplishment; for sure I will be back here next year and looking forward to stamp my authority again, once given the opportunity,” Blyden, 24, indicated.
He was considered a promising and genuine all-rounder on the local scene in his native land but felt he had disappointed many who would have expected great things from him especially at the under-19 level while he showed similar enthusiasm and dedication at the senior level for county team, Demerara.
“I had really wanted to play for Guyana at the under-19 level but unfortunately things didn’t go my way; I had a match for Demerara in the T20 version and it shows that I can do it again so I am working on my game in all departments and with the wonderful exposure in Canada, I think I will get back a chance to prove my talent,” Blyden reasoned.
Blyden, who played for Evergreen Cricket Club (National Championship) in Trinidad and Tobago before came across to Canada, honed most his cricketing skills at Malteenoes Cricket Club and Transport Sports Club in Guyana. He represented the first-division clubs at the youth and senior level and was proven to be a successful sportsman before he switched across to GDF.
He also emphasised the importance of discipline and his personal development of his game in Canada, and was very grateful to club and teammates over the past three years.