…Singh to lead President’s XI
TWO COMPANIES in Corporate Guyana, namely Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) and Hand-in-Hand Insurance, yesterday joined forces with the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) to sponsor their four-day four-team tournament, which is being used as a yard stick to select the national team to compete in the West Indies Cricket Board Regional four-day tournament next year.In her brief remarks, GT&T’s Director of Sales, Marketing and Public Relations, Roma Narayan-Singh, said they were completely pleased to be associated with the GCB in this tournament.
“We at GT&T feel extremely proud to be associated with the GCB for this four-day tournament,” said Narayan-Singh to her audience which included GT&T’s Public Relations Officers in Alison Parker and Nadia DeAbreu, along with Vice-president of the GCB Raj Singh, Secretary Anand Sanasie, and Treasurer Anand Kalladeen.
She added, “In order to extend our coverage of sporting sponsorship and the upliftment of youth development in sports and culture, the company holds at its highest, its involvement with the development of these areas, for the benefit of society.”
Responding on behalf of the GCB Marketing Manager, Raj Singh said he was thrilled to have both GT&T and Hand-in-Hand coming on board with his entity, to make the four-day tournament a successful one.
“Four-day cricket is the foundation of Test cricket, which no doubt needs urgent attention in the West Indies.
In the past, Guyana had produced some world class Test cricketers and it is the GCB’s aim to do so once again, through this tournament and for lengthy competitions like this, the GCB needs help from the business entities, hence we are grateful to have these two sponsors on board,” said Singh.
He added, “GT&T have survived two decades and more, keeping their commitment to their customers and employees. The Company’s mission is to foster a better quality of life for all Guyanese (at home and in the Diaspora) and to facilitate economic prosperity for Guyana by strengthening Guyana’s Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) ecosystems in partnership with the government.
Hand-in-Hand, the oldest insurance company in Guyana, having been established since 1865, is one we are extremely proud to welcome to our growing list of sponsors here today.”
Prior to handing over the cheque to Singh, Hand-in-Hand’s Marketing Coordinator, Andrea Jodhan-Khan, said her Company has been in existence for 147 years and has always supported cricket and other sports, and is delighted to assist in the development of Guyana’s top cricketers.
The GCB hopes that this year’s competition will better promote and enhance the talented cricketers they are nurturing.
“We expect that this competition will build on their mental capabilities and develop their other character traits of discipline, teamwork, and respect authorities. We also hope that at the end of the Contest, the sponsors will be satisfied with its level and intensity” a press release stated.
Meanwhile, former national opener, Vishal ‘Cheesy’ Singh, who failed to find favour with the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) selection panel, was handed the captaincy responsibility for the President’s XI whose first match is against defending champions Demerara at the Enmore Community Centre ground tomorrow.
Two other discarded openers in Ryan Ramdass who played one Test match for the West Indies and Shemroy Barrington, have been included in the President’s XI lineup, with Barrington being named Singh’s deputy, after they were also overlooked by the DCB Selectors.
Robin Bacchus, Andre Stoll and Kellon Carmichael, who like Singh, Barrington and Ramdass were not selected for Demerara, will seek redemption while representing the Rest XI, along with the Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets’ pair of Jason Sinclair and Dominique Rikhi.
Strangely, there was no place for left arm spinner, Raj Nannan, on either the Demerara or President’s XI, since the selectors who picked the President’s XI lineup, opted for Under-19 leg spinner Steven Sankar, Collis Butts (the son of former Guyana and West Indies off spinner Clyde Butts), and all rounder Shaquille Williams to take care of the spin department.
How Nannan, who has been featuring prominently for Georgetown Cricket Club over the past two years or so has been overlooked for both Demerara and now the President’s XI, is a mystery only detectives from Scotland Yard can solve.
Tomorrow’s first round action will pit Demerara taking on President’s XI at Enmore under the supervision of umpires Imran Moakan and Gyananand Sukhdeo, while at the Demerara Cricket Club ground, Essequibo and Berbice will clash under the supervision of M. Shivsankar and Shannon Crawford.
Below is a list of all the squads:
President’s XI: Vishal Singh, Shemroy Barrington, Robin Bacchus, Ryan Ramdass, Seon Hetmyer, Shaquille Williams, Jason Sinclair, Romario Shepherd, Collis Butts, Steven Sankar, Kellon Carmichael, Andre Stoll, Dominique Rikhi and Seon Daniels. The Coach is Esuan Crandon and the Manager is Robert `Pacer’ Adonis.
Demerara: Leon Johnson, Christopher Barnwell, Trevon Griffith, Rajendra Chandrika, Christopher Pattadin, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Steven Jacobs, Derwin Christian, Amir Khan, Zaheer Mohammed, Paul Wintz, Trevon Garraway, Randolph Knights and Totaram Bishun.
Berbice: Sewnarine Chattergoon, Anthony D’Andrade, Assad Fudadin, Jonathan Foo, Royston Crandon, Rajiv Ivan, Devon Clements, Anthony Bramble, Keon Joseph, Devendra Bishoo, Krisendat Ramoo, Raun Johnson and Keon Joseph.
Essequibo: Royan Fredericks, Anthony Adams, Kevon Boodie, Ricardo Peters, Avenash Persaud, Herry Greene, Parmesh Parsotam, Mark Tyrell, Rajiv Balgobin, Rovindra Parsram, Kemo Paul, Keanu Harry, Dillon Heyliger and Gilford Moore.
(By Calvin Roberts)