Guyana to face Trinidad and Tobago this weekend in warm-ups

Georgetown, Guyana: Guyana's cricketers will be getting some high-quality opposition as they prepare for their trip to South Africa for the Airtel Champions League later this month. The Guyanese will have two friendly matches against Trinidad and Tobago – one on Saturday and the other on Sunday – at the Guyana National Stadium, at Providence. Both matches will be played under lights at 8 pm (7 pm Jamaica Time).

A Guyana team spokesman said the players are is working hard in the build-up to the event, which will be played in Johannesburg, Centurion and Durban from September 10-26. For the past three weeks the players have been involved in nets sessions, gym sessions and fitness routines under the guidance of coach Ravindranauth Seeram.

“This will be good preparation for our players and all 15 players will get a chance to be involved in the matches. We have been doing a lot of work in the build-up and this weekend we will get a chance to get out on the field and have two matches. It will also give the Guyana fans a chance to see the players in action. Trinidad and Tobago have a very good team so this should provide our players with good competition,” the spokesman said.

Former West Indies Vice Captain and Coach Roger Harper has been called up by the Guyana Cricket Board to work with the players on improving their technical skills and he will be with them until they depart for South Africa. Reon King, the former West Indies fast bowler who is the West Indies Cricket Board’s Technical Development Officer for Guyana, is also part of the technical team assembled to work with the players before their departure.

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. Trinidad and Tobago represented the regional in last year’s Champions League in India. They had a superb run and reached the final where they lost to New South Wales of Australia.

Guyana will be in Group B. They will play against Royal Challengers Bangalore on September 12 at SuperSport Park in Centurion, against Mumbai Indians on September 16 at Kingsmead in Durban; against Highveld Lions on September 19 at the Wanderers in Johannesburg; and return to the same venue two days later to face South Australia Redbacks.