FORMER Essequibo and Guyana Cricketers, Devon Ramnauth and Dilon Heyliger have joined forces to protest the surprising exclusion of left-arm spinner Anthony Adams in the Guyana Harpy Eagles squad for the 2023 Regional First-Class season which commences on February 1 when Guyana come up against defending Champions Barbados at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
The 33-year-old fast bowling all-rounder, Heyliger, who has also taken 28 wickets in 27 T20 Internationals for Canada said. “We in Essequibo and Guyana need answers”
“Why was Antony Adams not selected? What is the real reason behind his non selection? Asks Heyliger, the first bowler to take a five-wicket haul in a T20I for Canada.
Ramnauth, a former Essequibo and Guyana U-15 and U-19 batter, argued that Adams had a best of 4-25 in the last practice game at Providence in which performances were used to pick the team for the Regional tournament.
“The other left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd, who was selected, only took three wickets in both matches. Adams’ YOYO Fitness score was 50 while Nedd’s score was only 30,” Ramnauth stated.
Both former players noted that Adams was in the last Guyana 4-Day squad and has remained consistent and fit for more than five years, adding that they are asking for answers for the reason for their fellow Essequibian Anthony Adams shocking non-selection.
“We want the ECB, the GCB and the selectors to SPEAK UP!”
Only last year, under the presidency of the ECB and CWI Director, Deleep Singh, Ramnauth called out both Boards when his second annual Region Two Development Youth Cricket League was denied permission by the Essequibo Cricket Board ECB. Ramnauth, the league’s founder, feels it’s due to ‘cricket politics’. (Sean Devers)