Guyanese trio aiming for consistency
Guyana Times article.
Georgetown, Guyana - Three emerging West Indies cricketers, opening batsmen Shimron Hetmyer and Tagenarine Chanderpaul and left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie say consistency will be their main aim during International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 Cricket World Cup in the United Arab Emirates UAE).
The three Guyanese are among the 15-member squad announced by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Saturday. They were part of the regional Under-19 side that played the Bangladesh Under-19 team in a seven-match one-day series in Guyana last October and also part of the team for the return series in Bangladesh.
However, that series was short-cut after the WICB withdrew from the tour for safety and security reasons, following an explosion near the team hotel in Chittagong.
Meanwhile, in exclusive interviews with Guyana Times Sport, the players say they are elated with their selection, adding that consistency will be their watchword during the tournament. “It is a great feeling to represent West Indies at a youth world cup. And all I am looking for is to stay focused and live up to the expectations,” Hetmyer
Hetmyer, a left-handed opener, who plies his trade with the Young Warriors Cricket Club in Berbice, added, “I want to use this tournament to develop my game; it’s a big step in my career, so I am looking forward to it.”
Chanderpaul, who along with Motie was encamped with the national senior squad, preparing for the upcoming WICB’s NAGICO-sponsored Super50 competition starting next week, said he is looking forward to the tour. “I am thrilled to be named in the West Indies U-19 world cup team; I am really looking forward to the series and want to make Guyana and the region proud,” said Chanderpaul.
“Basically, I haven’t set myself any goals but would like to occupy the crease for long periods and get among the runs. I am learning a lot from my father. He told me to concentrate, play the ball on its merit, and occupy the crease for long periods.”
On the other hand, Motie said his expectations of the tour are high, as his aim is to use it to take his game to the next level. “I’m really looking forward to it, because bowling on different turfs will definitely help me to improve on my game and move to the next level,” he said.
The three joined the rest of the squad on Tuesday in Barbados for a one-week camp at the Sagicor High Performance Centre before departing for Dubai.
The team will be led Jamaican off-spinning all-rounder Ramaal Lewis, while vice-captain is Nicholas Pooran, the left-handed wicket-keeper/batsman from Trinidad and Tobago (T&T). Head coach is Roddy Estwick.
Fixture and squads
This year’s tournament will feature 16 teams in four groups. The Windies have been drawn alongside South Africa, Zimbabwe and Canada in Group C. Their opening preliminary match is against the Proteas on February 14 at the Dubai International Stadium.
The second match is on February 16 against Zimbabwe at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, while the third games is two days later against the Canadians at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery Ground One.
The full squad reads: Ramaal Lewis (Jamaica; captain), Nicholas Pooran (T&T; vice-captain), Fabian Allen (Jamaica), Tagenarine Chanderpaul (Guyana), Bryan Charles (T&T), Tristan Coleman (Jamaica), Jonathan Drakes (Barbados), Shimron Hetmeyer (Guyana), Jerome Jones (Barbados), Ray Jordan (Windward Islands), Brandon King (Jamaica), Preston McSween (Windward Islands), Marquino Mindley (Jamaica), Gudakesh Motie (Guyana) and Jeremy Solozano (T&T).