HEAD coach of the Guyana national cricket team Esaun Crandon last Friday afternoon told Chronicle Sport, the mood in the preparatory camp for the team ahead of the West Indies Cricket Board’s NAGICO Super50 tournament is warm and friendly.Crandon was taking a drinks break during the team’s concrete net sessions at the Woolford Avenue-based Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO) ground, where players Christopher Barnwell, Leon Johnson, Rajiv Ivan, Anthony Bramble, Vishal Singh, Royston Crandon and Trevon Griffith, just to name a few, were having a go with the bat.
“In the mornings, we conduct more core and strength work at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, once the weather is not kind to us, while in the afternoons we have some of the players here and another group at the Chetram Singh Centre of Excellence’s indoor facility undergoing batting sessions,” said Crandon.
The former national all-rounder said he was pleased with the cohesiveness being shown by players including Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Veerasammy Permaul, who recently returned from the West Indies present tour of New Zealand.
“It is always a good thing to have somebody like Shiv in your setup. He brings so much experience and dependability to the table, but what was heartening to me and the fellow coaching staff, was the camaraderie these guys exhibited during the sessions.”
The former national all-rounder gives credit to his fellow coaching team which comprises Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Chairman of Selectors Rayon Griffith and Berbice Cricket Board’s head coach Julian Moore for the welcome goodwill in the camp.
According to the 32-year-old Crandon, Griffith, Moore and himself decided to place the players into two squads prior to the commencement of the drills and make it a competitive one, where the team finishing their drills last, were given a punishment in the form of push-ups, sit-ups or shuttles, by the winners.
“Having done that, the guys from both sides were cheering and encouraging one another on, despite it being a competitive one. I think they understood the seriousness behind being fit and are giving it their all and when we look at where they were on the first day and compare it to the present, there is a remarkable improvement,” stated Crandon.
He was hoping to get in much needed practice in the middle, but the inclement and unpredictable weather pattern has forced them to alter their plans, hence the use of the country’s lone concrete facility at GYO and the indoor facility at LBI>
Nevertheless, the squad which has been trimmed to 26 had a much-needed three-hour session in the middle at the Everest Cricket Club yesterday afternoon, with only Jason Sinclair (knee) and Devendra Bishoo (influenza) being absent.
Written By Calvin Roberts