Guyana have point to prove - Sarwan
Georgetown, Guyana – Guyana Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan says that his team has a point to prove in the upcoming Caribbean Twenty20.
“We are the defending T20 champions and we know everyone will be gunning for us after we qualified for the Champions League in South Africa this year. We want to prove our win was no fluke," the elegant right handed middle order batsman said as he looked ahead to the regional showpiece tournament to be staged in Antigua and Barbados from January 10th to the 23rd.
"T20 is a fast paced game and you have to be thinking all the time. Hopefully we would have learned from South Africa (during the Airtel Champions League) and we have to remain positive without being reckless. The senior batters will have to pull their weight and I think we have a decent bowling attack, especially with (Veerasammy) Permaul back to join (Devendra) Bishoo," the 30 year old Sarwan outlined.
The Guyanese team will prepare for the CT20 by participating in the Trinidad Cricket Festival at Guaracara Park from December 28th to 30th and Sarwan says their limited match preparations in Guyana will be enhanced by the Trinidad leg of their preparations.
"We have not had much cricket as a team and we have a couple of new players in the mix so Trinidad will be great for us to try and get our combinations right and see the new players in a match situation before we play in the Caribbean T20," he explained
"We have being doing a lot of physical stuff and the guys are actually enjoying these sessions," the out-of-favour West Indian batsman revealed.
"The attitude to the training has been excellent from everyone and we are getting stronger physically and mentally as a unit,” he noted.
The Guyanese team will be without seasoned all rounder Narsingh Deonarine who was withdrawn due to injury.
"When we opted to leave (Sewnarine) Chattergoon out it was with the thinking that Shiv (Chanderpaul) could open and bat through the innings but now we will have to adjust," Sarwan explained.
"Losing Deonarine's experience creates an impact in the middle order and now either Shiv or I might have to bat at [number] four since we don't want to leave too many inexperienced players at the bottom of the innings,” he said.