Kumar, GCB congratulate Guyana U-19 team

Guyana Times article.

Georgetown, Guyana - Director of Sport Neil Kumar took time out from his busy Inter- Guiana Games (UGG) schedule on Friday to extend hearty and “deserved” congratulations to the victorious Guyana Under-19 team, as they returned home after being crowned the 2014 West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional U-19 three-day Champions.

Kumar said the team played “extremely good cricket”, adding that such performances by young cricketers demonstrate the level of talent that exists throughout Guyana.

“It also shows that the administrators of cricket at every stage must find ways to harness this talent through development programmes that will ultimately produce a more competitive Guyana national team,” he said.

“Over the years the Guyana senior side has not performed to expectation. It means that such young cricketers who are winning tournaments are not graduating to the national team in a manner that develops their talent for bigger and higher level cricket,” said Kumar. “Somewhere, something is missing.”

Kumar however said the Government stands behind the young cricketers and that it will continue its support for the game, which he said has always been a unifying force in the wider community.

The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) also extended congratulations to the Under-19s, which followed closely on the heels of their younger Under-15 counterparts, who recently outplayed Jamaica and most of the other teams away in that country to capture that title. This now makes Guyana the winners of two WICB youth championships out of a possible four for the year 2014.

“Our Under-17 team had also given a good account of themselves in TT, but unfortunately, suffered from having one of their games completely washed out. However, the GCB is extremely encouraged by the professional attitude, dedication and teamwork displayed by this bunch of players,” GCB stated in a release.

It further said the Under- 19 boys played like champions and deserve nothing less than the coveted three- day title which had eluded them for years.

Guyana started the tournament a bit indifferently with a draw against the Windward Islands, but grew in strength and confidence with two comprehensive victories against powerhouses Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago when the two established WI and first- class players came to the party.

“The GCB joins with the rest of Guyana in congratulating the management and entire team of players on a well-deserved victory and notes the synergy and teamwork displayed by the entire team,” the release said.

There were some praiseworthy individual performances from a few players – against Trinidad and Tobago, Tagenarine Chanderpaul held the lone Guyana innings together with a remarkable, unbeaten century; and when Guyana was staring down the barrel of defeat in their second innings against the Windward Islands, Kemo Paul’s determination and resilience resurrected the innings with a brilliant 90.

Against Barbados, Steven Sankar was exceptional with the ball, capturing a five-wicket haul whilst Shimron Hetmyer registered a classy century.

The board urged the team to remain focused and make the necessary adjustments for the 50-over format of the game during the next few weeks and to ensure that they make their home advantage count with a third youth championship for this year.

“Our youngsters have demonstrated what can be achieved when the determination and stable environment is [sic] present. These young players have proven that Guyana is rich with talent and can produce world- class players again once everyone works together to put the interest of cricket and the players first,” the release added.

First Published In The Guyana Times.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:13