Senior team call-up delights Hetmyer

Guyana Times article.

Georgetown, Guyana - Seventeen-year-old Shimron Hetmyer, has expressed surprise and delight at receiving his maiden senior call-up to the national side.

The former Berbice High School student, who has been a steady performer over the years, received the news on Monday that he has been included in Guyana’s 13-member squad ahead of the team’s Regional Four-Day match against the Leeward Islands, slated to bowl off on Friday at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket ground in Antigua.

“I was a bit surprised, and happy at the same time,” said Hetmyer, who represented Guyana at the youth levels as well as the West Indies Under-19 team.

“It is a great feeling to represent Guyana at the senior level. And, all I am looking for is to stay focused and live up to the expectations,” Hetmyer told Guyana Times Sport on Tuesday from his home in Canje.

The attacking opening batsman said the call-up is certainly an ideal opportunity for him to develop his game.

“I want to use this opportunity to develop my game, it’s a big step in my career so I am looking forward to it,” Hetmyer concluded

Hetmyer is one of four changes made to the squad with off-spinner Zaheer Mohamed, opener Trevon Griffith and Ronsford Beaton, who returns from injury being the other players to replace Test players Narsingh Deonarine, Devendra Bishoo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul along with West Indies T20 player Christopher Barnwell.

Chanderpaul, will not be available for the rest of the competition due to his commitment to county cricket in England.

Guyana sits on 17 points from four matches-three defeats and a draw- and are at the bottom of the points table and with just two games remaining are no longer in contention for a place in the semi-finals.

The current tournament has shown in no uncertain manner that there is a lack of commitment in the field and at the crease among a number of the current crop of Guyanese players.

The Guyanese have shown major weaknesses in several areas of the game, with their batting certainly below what is expected at this level.

Guyana’s bowling has been decent, if not destructive, this season; but the batting has been the team’s main let down.

Assad Fudadin is the only Guyanese batsman with 200 runs (249) and two 50s, but he has batted eight times and his six other innings have produced less than 100 runs.  Wicket-keeper Anthony Bramble (192) and Tagenarine Chanderpaul (146) are the only other batsmen with over 115 runs in the tournament.

The team for Guyana’s sixth-round game reads: Leon Johnson (captain), Assad Fudadin, Amir Khan, Trevon Griffith,Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Zaheer Mohamed, Ronsford Beaton, Anthony Bramble,Veerasammy Permaul (vice captain), Shimron Hetmyer, Raun Johnson, Keon Joseph and Chandrapaul Hemraj. The coach is Esaun Crandon and the Manager is Alvin Johnson.

First Published In The Guyana Times.

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:55