Homraj – the most exciting young batsman in the Ancient County
Guyana Chronicle article.
Georgetown, Guyana - He first came to the limelight when he blasted a brilliant 75 off just 33 balls for Number 70 versus the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club Pepsi team in the Neal and Massy Intermediate tournament two years ago.
At that time the 18-year-old Ashkay Homraj was relatively unknown in the Ancient County of Berbice but today he is viewed as the most promising and feared youth batsman who has the capacity to destroy any bowling attack
Last weekend he blasted 150 off just 84 balls against a hapless Big Star team in the Elizabeth Style Under-19 tournament with 21 fours and nine massive sixes, four of them in one over and the following day, he scored a magnificent 180 off 82 balls with 16 fours and eight sixes at the Area ‘H’ ground.
The venue was packed as fans turned out to specially watch young Homraj who is highly rated by cricket coaches as the next major cricket star from Berbice.
Last year he made his debut for Berbice at the Under-19 level and performed so well that he gained selection on the National team, gaining the attention of cricket fans at the Demerara Cricket Club when he dispatched the first ball of the match against Essequibo for a straight six.
An attacking batsman by nature he is well known for using his feet well against spinners and is hardly contained against any type of bowling.
On debut for Guyana, he scored a brilliant century against the Windward Islands in the West Indies Cricket Board Regional Under-19 tournament and he also had several vital innings for Guyana in the few matches he played, after being bypassed for the earlier rounds.
Secretary/CEO of Homraj’s club, Hilbert Foster, who has been involved in the administration of cricket for the last 25 years, said the highly talented youth is the most exciting talent he has ever seen, adding that he is gifted naturally and has the potential to develop into an all-time great if nurtured properly.
The RHTYSC, he stated has invested heavily into Homraj’s career and would continue to do so and expressed hope that those in authority at the Berbice and Guyana cricket level can do the same as he is a special talent.
This year, the club appointed Homraj as the captain of the Rose Hall Town Pepsi Under-19 team, replacing former national Under-19 skipper Shawn Pereira in that position, while he (Homraj) recently captured the Berbice Cricket Board Most Improved Cricketer award for 2013.
Homraj, who is a very disciplined and reserved individual, expressed gratitude to the management of the RHTYSC for the confidence they have in his ability and nurturing it and specifically mentioned Foster for being a role model to him and guiding him along the correct path.
He also mentioned office manager Moonish Singh, club coach Winston Smith and teammates Pereira, Assad Fudadin, Delbert Hicks, Royston Crandon, Khemraj Mahadeo and Brandon Prasad for their support and encouragement.