Sarwan says: Expect special things from Guyana in Champions League

Johannesburg, South Africa: The Guyanese cricketers arrived in South Africa on Wednesday for their journey into the unknown as representative of the region at the Airtel Champions League. Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan upbeat about his team's chances in the competition as they seek to mirror the performances Trinidad and Tobago, who were outstanding at last year’s event in India.

“Trinidad and Tobago were the runners-up last time, and we hope to go one better. They did so well last year, when they weren’t expected to, and we beat them in the Caribbean T20, so that gives us lots of confidence,” the former Windies skipper said.

"Their performance (last year) is a motivating factor and we would like to go a step further than them and my team is looking forward to the challenge. I am sure that all the young players in my team are very excited. I hope it is a good tournament for us."

Sarwan added: “It’s important that we should do the things we did that helped us to win the Caribbean competition. We have lots of young, inexperienced players, but they are all very capable to springing surprises on the other teams. We just plan to stick to our game plans and keep it simple.”

Guyana earned the right to represent the regional at the Champions League when they won the West Indies Cricket Board’s Caribbean T20, beating Barbados in the final by one wicket with a ball to spare. Guyana will be in Group B.

They will play against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday at SuperSport Park in Centurion, against Mumbai Indians on Thursday, September 16 at Kingsmead in Durban; against Highveld Lions on Sunday, September 19 at the Wanderers in Johannesburg; and return to the same venue two days later to face South Australia Redbacks.

"We have been studying a lot of players. But we are more focussed on what we have to do. I am trying to do what we did in the Caribbean and what helped us win that tournament. We are looking to stick to our basics and try to do the best we can."

Sarwan added that he thought the T20 format was an ideal way for young players to be introduced to international cricket.

“It’s a great opportunity for them and they are not under as much pressure as they would be in a longer match. But I think players like Jonathan Foo and some of the others have a great future in Test and One-Day cricket as well."

Squad: Ramnaresh Sarwan (captain), Christopher Sewnarine Chattergoon, Narsingh Deonarine, Travis Dowlin, Jonathan Foo, Assad Fudadin, Derwin Christian, Esaun Crandon, Royston Crandon, Lennox Cush, Barnwell, Devendra Bishoo, Steven Jacobs, Paul Wintz, Richard Ramdeen