CPL 2022 bowls off Aug 30! Women’s edition set for same date

The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) have confirmed that this year’s CPL event will feature a women’s tournament with three franchise teams competing for the first Women’s CPL (WCPL) title. The three teams will showcase the best women’s cricketers from across the Caribbean with overseas stars rounding out the teams.

The three teams who will compete in the inaugural WCPL will be Barbados RoyalsGuyana Amazon Warriors and Trinbago Knight Riders

The women’s tournament will take place during the men’s event inside the Hero CPL tournament window which this year will run from 30 August and 30 September.

The 2022 tournament will be celebrating 10 years of the Biggest Party in Sport and enters its 10th season off the back of a highly successful 2021, with over half a billion viewers tuning in for the second successive year.

Ricky Skerritt, CWI President commented: “Increasing the opportunities for West Indian women and girls to get involved in cricket is one of CWI’s strategic priorities, and we are delighted that we have been able to partner with CPL to further the expansion plans that we had first unveiled in 2019 prior to the arrival of the Covid Pandemic. We are confident that all CPL women’s games will be highly competitive and will add quality entertainment to our fans in the region and around the world.”  

Hero CPL will be played across more countries this year, with three Caribbean countries being selected for the group stages and fourth venue being chosen for the finals.  CPL anticipates that this four-venue structure could become the norm for future seasons.  

Pete Russell, Hero CPL’s CEO, said: “The addition of a women’s event to the CPL is something that has been an ambition for a long time and we are very pleased that it has become a reality. We would like to thank CWI for working with us to make this happen. The Women’s T10 Challenge which took place during the 2019 CPL was a huge success and we are looking forward to the next step forward.

“We are very pleased to confirm the dates for the 2022 tournament and with travel around the world and region becoming easier CPL will be able to visit more than one country this year, so fans can enjoy CPL in person once again.” 

CWI has confirmed that a window has been created in an otherwise very busy international schedule so that all selected West Indies players will be available for this year’s Men’s and Women’s CPL tournaments.

GCA-Ramchand Auto Spares/Survival Group/Trophy Stall U-19 Tourney Launched

Two years after the local sports fraternity’s activities were forced to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) on Friday evening launched its first U-19 50-Over tournament since 2019. Local companies Ramchand Auto Spares, Survival Group of Companies and Trophy Stall have thrown their invaluable support behind the tournament which began on Saturday (March 12).


Speaking at the launch which was held at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), GCA President Neil Barry expressed gratitude to the sponsors for coming onboard despite all that is going on in the world.
“It is heartening to see our local companies throwing their weight behind the GCA, especially in sponsoring this tournament at the Under-19 level which is an important stage of our young cricketers’ development. Without these types of tournaments, we cannot produce the talent to improve Guyana’s cricket and ultimately take West Indies back to where it ought to be” Barry posited.

GCA President Neil Barry

Meanwhile Mr. Ramchand Ragbeer of Ramchand Auto Spares noted that his company is pleased to be onboard and is looking forward to some exciting cricket in the coming weeks.
Speaking on behalf of the Survival Group of Companies, Mr. Mark De Freitas stated that it was an honour for the Survival Group to be accepted as a sponsor of the GCA’s tournament.


De Freitas pointed out; “It is our company’s first time being involved in the sponsorship of cricket, but it most definitely won’t be the last time, to the participants we wish you all the best and may the best team win”. In addition to sponsorship of the tournament, the Survival Group of Companies through their Travel Agency has put up a Most Valuable Player (MVP) incentive in the form of a trip for two to the Kaieteur Falls.


The competition will see over 170 youths from in and around Georgetown (registered with Georgetown clubs under the GCA) showcase their skill sets over the coming weeks. Twelve teams will compete for top honours within two zones with the top two from each zone securing a berth in the semi-finals. The twelve teams are Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC), Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), GNIC, Muslim Youth Organization (MYO), Queens College (QC), Everest Cricket Club (ECC), Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC), Transport Cricket Club, 4R Lions, Bel Air Rubis, Agricola and Georgetown XI.


Zone A comprises GNIC, GCC, 4R Lions, GT XI, DCC and Malteenoes while Zone B will pit MYO, Transport, Bel Air Rubis, Agricola, QC and Everest against each other.
The competition got underway on Saturday (March 12) with two matches; 4R Lions took on GCC at the latter’s home ground while QC hosted Agricola. Matches will be played at venues across Georgetown.

U-19 cricketers Nandu & Thorne return home with invaluable experience

Guyanese Under-19 players, Matthew Nandu and Isai Thorne returned home on Sunday, September 19, 2021, after participating in the just-concluded West Indies tour of England. The two players proudly touched down on home soil after impressive performances in England.
Although West Indies won only two of six matches in the Youth ODI series, both players made noteworthy contributions to the West Indies challenging efforts. Matthew Nandu finished on a high by registering consecutive half centuries in two of the five matches he played. In his penultimate match, Nandu stroked 51, then in the final match followed up with a superb knock of 80 and bowling returns of 2 for 35, as West Indies won their second match of the series to restore some regional pride.
Young fast bowling sensation Isai Thorne was also impressive: At the tender age of 16, he demonstrated the ability, skill and mental tenacity to become an outstanding West Indies fast bowler. Evidently, Thorne received the full confidence of his captain and coach by twice being given the opportunity to bowl the total allotment of overs for a bowler. In two of the four matches he played, Thorne grabbed three wickets to finish the series with 8 wickets and leave a buzz of high expectations.
The members of the GCB expect that the unwavering commitment of Nandu and Thorne coupled with their ability and skill will make them forces to be reckoned with in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2022 and beyond. The GCB will continue to provide the necessary support to these two and other players to ensure their competitive readiness for the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2022.

Pooran’s 75*, Motie’s 3/25 & Smith’s 3/21 hand Guyana Amazon Warriors victory

Guyana Amazon Warriors 169/6 (Pooran 75*, Hetmyer 23; Russell 2/35, Green 1/17) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 123 all out (Mckenzie 28, Brooks 21; Smith 3/21, Motie 3/25) by 46 runs

Guyana Amazon Warriors have one foot in the 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) semi-finals following a 46-run victory over the Jamaica Tallawahs

The Amazon Warriors won the toss and elected to bat first and captain Nicholas Pooran led the way with a brutal 75 not out to set the Tallawahs 170 to win.

In reply the Tallawahs succumbed to a heavy defeat as Odean Smith and Gudakesh Motie combined to bowl the Amazon Warriors to victory.

Guyana got their innings off to a steady start amassing 46 runs in the PowerPlay but they had to contend with the loss of Brandon King and Chandrapaul Hemraj in doing so.

Despite Shimron Hetmyer then running himself out, Nicholas Pooran and Shoaib Malik put together a partnership of 54 runs from 33 balls to place Guyana in a strong position with six overs to go.

Pooran then took on the responsibility of getting his side into a good position and his pyrotechnics at the back end of the innings ensured Guyana Amazon Warriors posted a very competitive 169/6.

The Tallawahs were able to keep pace with the required run rate in the early stages of their reply as Haider Ali and Kirk Mckenzie overcame the loss of Kennar Lewis to put on a 41-run partnership.

Odean Smith’s entry into the attack proved pivotal as his two wickets in two balls swung the pendulum back in Guyana’s favour and he wasn’t done there as he also got rid of Andre Russell in a wonderful wicket maiden over.

Alongside Smith, Gudakesh Motie spun a web as his three wickets helped ensure there was no chance of an unlikely win for the Tallawahs.

The victory for the Amazon Warriors means the Tallawahs will now have to win the return game to make the semi-finals.

(Story from CPLT20.COM)

GCB confident of Guyana hosting ICC U-19 World Cup matches

A team of officials representing the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) visited Guyana over the past weekend to inspect venues ahead of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2022. Guyana, through Hon. Minister Charles Ramson had submitted a bid to host the initial stage of the ICC Under-19 World Cup. The venue inspection was aimed at determining Guyana’s readiness for this major international event.


The ICC team included a number of planning experts in Ben Leaver, Joanna Taylor, Andy Atkinson, Ruchika Rana, Hamish Roberts and Roberto Almansa. The CWI representatives were Tournament Director Fawwaz Baksh, Event Manager KJ Singh, Head Curator Kent Crafton, and representatives Krystal Jean-Baptiste and Marcus Francis. They were joined by GCB’s officials: Hon. Secretary Ronald Williams, Chief Executive Officer/Public Relation Officer Claude Raphael, Assistant Secretary Devteerth Anandjit, Technocrat on Marketing and Financing Anil Beharry and Territorial Development Officer Colin Stuart. Experienced Venue Manager Sabrina Panday was also present.


On September Saturday 4, 2021 the team visited the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, the GCB’s LBI Facility, Malteenoes Sports Club, Guyana Defence Force Ground and Enmore Community Centre. Similar inspections were conducted on Sunday, September 5, 2021 at Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC), Everest Cricket Club and Police Sports Club.


The President of the GCB Bissoondyal Singh has expressed his satisfaction with the visit, positing that the ICC/CWI team was very professional in their approach. He opined that the forthcoming report on the inspection will indicate what standards were met and what measures need to be undertaken.

President Singh was also pleased that the ICC and CWI representatives were able to meet with Hon. Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Charles Ramson. Further, President Singh expressed confidence that the GCB, with the invaluable support of Hon. Minister Charles Ramson and the Government of Guyana, will ensure that all venues assigned to tournament will meet the ICC standards by mid- November 2021 when another inspection is expected.

Sherfane Rutherford makes a case for a spot in the Windies T20 World Cup Squad

By Dev Tyagi

What’s with strong will and Guyanese batsmen?!? First, there was the iconic world cup winning captain Sir Clive Lloyd. Then, the ‘Tiger’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul- the messiah of many a batting effort going down the drain. A savior, truth be told who turned many perilous innings into a vehicle of stability. And subsequently, the understated legend turned huge underachiever- Carl Hooper- who could play the elegant shots as well as he could block deliveries that could rattle the best in the business.

Little wonder they called him the king, King Carl!

Now, a rising force from that part of the Caribbean that’s always contributed to the West Indies but has also remained undermined, on occasions, Sherfane Rutherford is Guyana’s rising force.

And who knows could well go onto become a recurring feature of the West Indies limited-overs cricket team.

Though, most important for Rutherford, all of 23, would be the ongoing CPL, where he’s only recently produced a startling knock that must surely have knocked on the selector’s doors.

For it’s the selectors he’d want to target for they are entrusted with the massive responsibility of establishing the final squad for the mother of all cricketing battles- the fast-approaching T20 World Cup.

A few hours ago, when much of the world was awaiting, perhaps with endless anticipation, the start of the India versus England 4th Test, one young man, miles away from England or India was doing his fair bit for the flourishing St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

In that format of the game where teams like Mumbai have given pride to all Indians, Sherfane Rutherford’s explosive batting has offered delight not just to the Guyanese people, but all ‘Patriots’ in the Caribbean.

Not a flash in the pan batsman where the 2021 season has shown, both the last two contests featuring the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots have yielded wins, the chief architect of which has been none other than Sherfane Rutherford.

With match-winning fifties in both games, a 58 off just 34 against the Amazon Warriors followed by a 26-ball-50 against the Tallawahs, Rutherford’s bat been oozing fire of lately.

Of his 108 bravely powered runs, 60 have come by virtue of sixes, 10 in one contest and 4 in another.

With shots all around the ground, including the growingly familiar whack over long off for a huge hit, Rutherford is leaving bowlers rudderless at the moment.

Make no mistake for he’s not been pitted against regular pushovers; Fidel Edwards, Andre Russell, Imran Tahir and the likes aren’t the easiest to score against, forget plundering them for runs.

But the left-handed batsman has been on a different mission altogether in the 2021 edition of the CPL, ensuring that if the T20 league is the biggest party in the Caribbean then it’s his beats that produce the thudding sounds.

What these fifties and much-valuable match-winning knocks have done is that they’ve done a fair bit in elevating Sherfane Rutherford to a platform where his talent is being seen and hopefully noted even by the likes of a Kieron Pollard.

For remember, the Windies white-ball captain too will have some say in who gets to board the flight to the UAE in a few months’ time.

What would be truly fantastic is if in the next contest versus the Trinbago Knight Riders Rutherford can smash a few more runs, hopefully by virtue of big hits just the way he’s so beautifully been doing only so his future captain can take note and form a positive opinion.

At the same time, Rutherford’s fearlessness amplified by that vital 53, against Barbados Tridents, his first half-century this season, saw the leftie score runs against a probing attack featuring none other than Holder, Perera, Thomas and Amir.

While Oshane Thomas picked three wickets in the August 26 contest that his team won, Rutherford emerged as the top scorer, once again, standing head and shoulders above the others like the destructive Evin Lewis and even Chris Gayle.

Does he have Gaylestorm’s signature of approval as a future resource the Windies white-ball team could count on?

One wouldn’t deny that entirely.

But what’s also important to remember is that Rutherford has already demonstrated what he’s capable of at the international level well over a year ago when he hadn’t touched 22.

During Ireland’s tour of West Indies, in the 1st T20I, the only contest Ireland one on a dismal outing where West Indian heavy-hitting mowed down the visitors, Sherfane Rutherford had an early say in the series.

A 13-ball-26 was more than a cameo at number 6; it was an exhibition of clean hitting of a high class, the brave batter wasting no time whatsoever in carving Barry McCarthy for consecutive sixes, of which one was a literal one-handed swat over deep mid wicket fence for half a dozen.

Even Lara, known for his inclination toward executing one-handed sixes, on occasions, would have been proud at the shot that deserved to have been counted as the stroke of the T20I series that saw a tied result (1-1 with rain swallowing one game).

What was most interesting, however, during the 15 Jan, 2020 contest was the fact that the recent makeshift T20I captain and regular vice-captain, Pooran was at the other end observing Rutherford clawing at the Irish.

In the course of the imminent future, Sherfane Rutherford will have a few more opportunities to go out there and express himself and his backers would want nothing less than the bright talent to do exactly that fearlessly so, much like what one’s gotten around to see in 2021.

May the force be with Rutherford as also a possible chance to fly to the UAE!

Stunning Shepherd carries Guyana Amazon Warriors to thrilling Super Over win over TKR

The match belonged to Guyana Amazon Warriors’ Romario Shepherd. He first took 3 for 24 to restrict Trinbago Knight Riders to 138 for 9, then hit a nine-ball 18 to take Amazon Warriors to the same total, and finally conceded just four runs in the Super Over to help his side do the league-stage double over the defending champions.


Defending six runs in the Super Over, Shepherd first had Knight Riders captain Kieron Pollard hole out first ball. Then he did not allow Colin Munro or Tim Seifert to hit a boundary off the other five balls. His all-round effort justifiably earned him a Player-of-the-Match award too.


Nicholas Pooran’s Amazon Warriors needed just 139 to win after Shepherd and offspinner Mohammad Hafeez picked three wickets each to restrict Knight Riders to a below-par total. Shepherd made the most damage in the first innings’ death overs removing Pollard, Denesh Ramdin and Isuru Udana. Hafeez had made the early inroads by dismissing opener Sunil Narine, No. 3 Tion Webster and an off-colour Tim Seifert.


Colin Munro, who struggled with a 47-ball 40 in his team’s last CPL match found his form to anchor the innings with a 28-ball 32. However regular wickets never allowed the Knight Riders to push for a big total, and if it wasn’t for Udana’s nine-ball 21 in the slog overs, the Amazon Warriors might have been chasing a much lower total.


However, the Knight Riders fought back with the ball in the second innings powerplay. Chandrapaul Hemraj and Odean Smith fell in the first two overs to Ravi Rampaul’s deliveries that had a tendency to snake into the stump line after pitching. Shimron Hetmyer and Hafeez then began a rescue act, but the Pakistan international eventually perished for a 16-ball 30. Narine then had Hetmyer and Shoaib Malik caught behind in quick succession, and after Rampaul picked off Pooran and Brandon King in consecutive balls, it looked like the Knight Riders were going to win the contest.


It however needed the Amazon Warriors’ Nos. 9 and 10 to take them to a tie. Shepherd tonked two sixes and a four to score 18, and then Naveen-Ul-Haq hit a five-ball 13. Amazon Warriors needed two off the final ball to seal a one-wicket win, but a run out while searching for the double dragged the game to overtime.

Guyana Amazon Warriors 138 for 9 (Pooran 27, Rampaul 4-29, Narine 2-9) tied with Trinbago Knight Riders 138 for 9 (Munro 32, Hafeez 3-18, Shepherd 3-24)
Guyana Amazon Warriors win the one-over eliminator

(Story from ESPNcricinfo.com by Sreshth Shah)

Shivnarine Chanderpaul: An unsung Hero!

By Dev Tyagi

Every generation needs a hero. Someone who can both inspire and keep their nation’s flag fluttering with pride- isn’t that what we all seek? Perhaps more so in sport where you get a chance to blaze a trail for others to follow. Yet, there are some heroes who never truly get the credit they so deserve. Heroes who don’t get talked about often, winners you don’t hear salutations sung for despite doing everything in their might and ability to contribute.

One such hero, where it comes to the sport that unifies the Caribbean like no other, is Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH

Maybe it’s only just to ask a pertinent question as one of Guyana’s finest exports to cricket turns 47.

Whose loss is it that we didn’t celebrate Shivnarine Chanderpaul enough, a man who’s been a bowler grinder, run accumulator, holder of an unexplainable technique, whacker of crazy hundreds, amasser of boundless runs, and giver of hope to a team that back in those days badly needed some to merely contest in cricket, let alone win games?

That even after half a decade of the left-hander’s retirement, the revered ICC has still not found it relevant to induct one of cricket’s most disciplined, consistent, and selfless cricketers into its ‘Hall of Fame,’ is something as baffling and pitiable as the situation in present-day Afghanistan.

This, mind you, was a batsman who leveled up to Brian Charles Lara, of all willow-wielders, and had abysmal cricketing selection not intervened, would’ve gone on to surpass the “The Prince of Trinidad.”

In a sport where even if you don’t play for records, it is records, at the end of the day you end up conjuring, that Shinvarine Chanderpaul’s Test career got stalled merely 86 runs shy of Lara’s 11,953 is a sad story.

Moreover, it speaks of a brazen disregard with which some of the sport’s leading lights are often treated.

To suggest the simplest of examples, back in the cricket-obsessed land called India, the likes of VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid never got a farewell Test, the kind of privilege modern masters like Tendulkar were afforded.

Similarly, in the present conception of cricket, one doesn’t quite know if Faf du Plessis, a tireless gatherer of runs for a South Africa often deflated by runs, and often stymied by politics, will get to play a farewell game.

Though in Chanderpaul’s case, the only low-scoring event, which led to his final appearance in Test cricket, circa 2015, wherein he averaged 18, saw a giant of the sport pushed to a corner, when his had been a career replete with runs doggedly collected for no fewer than 22-long years.

That we never quite gave attention to the man whose maiden season in international cricket- 2004- produced runs at the average of 50 is about as sad and absurd as overlooking the fact that the last three years prior to his departure from the game saw Chanderpaul produce runs averaging 71, 58, and- believe it or not- 98 (2014, 2013, 2012, respectively).

To many, Shiv Chanderpaul was the last remaining pillar of assurance to the West Indies that, at least, something was right about a team whose glory days belonged to the remnants of the past.

Moreover, there are sufficient examples of it, whether one speaks of his final-over six against Sri Lanka in an ODI with Vaas and Murali bowling or his 203 unbeaten runs against a Proteas pumped up with a Dale Styen bowling at peak pace.

To many others, Shiv Chanderpaul, was an old-fashioned, “bat-out-time” and “grind-the-bowlers,” batsman.

Truth, however, is, Shivnarine Chanderpaul- 125 fifties and 41 international centuries (Tests+ ODIs)- was an anomaly of sorts in the art of batting.

He was a reminder that for as long as one had the mental strength and values like discipline and toughness, often tagged ‘old world qualities,’ nothing else mattered, not even a batting stance that can only be imitated for a few laughs, not something that can be taught at a coaching clinic.

Today, when we regard the Wall of Dravid, a lot it is down to the fact that the famous right-hander, who stayed up for long periods of time, faced 31,258 deliveries.

Though, little is held to appreciate Chanderpaul, who faced not less than 27,395 deliveries, which are way more than what Carl Hooper, Sir Viv or even the great Brian Lara faced in Tests.

Although, a majority of these deliveries blasted at Chanderpaul’s watertight technique by some of the finest exponents of both spin and pace, including Lee, Shoaib, Donald, McGrath, Gillespie, Bond, Waqar and Wasim succeeded only in meeting the dead end of the bat.

Yet, that he emerged with 20,600 plus international runs (Tests+ODIs) indicates the Guyanese was more than an immovable object on the crease who was left on the 22 yards to merely frustrate bowlers.

With an open-front stance, batting with a ‘V’ like structure, Chanderpaul’s batting, lest it is forgotten, had strokes on all sides of the wicket.

During one of his imperious Test tons, the 153 against Pakistan at the Kensington Oval, captain Chanderpaul caressed when Abdul Razaq bowled a little wide repeatedly at around the vacant area between third slip and first gully.

A batsman who lacked the flair but never the resolve, Chanderpaul changed gears when needed and suddenly so, much to the benefit of a side that often found itself licking its wounds having lost one wicket too many early into a game.

Picture the marathon partnership along with his famous contemporary Carl Hooper, during the 2nd ODI at South Africa, 1999.

Of West Indies’ 292 on the board, the only grace-saving win in a series where the visitors lost 6 dreadful games, Chanderpaul contributed 150, a career-best score, on his own.

That he took just 136 odd deliveries to go berserk against a Pollock and Kallis-led attack offered greater insight into the mind of a batsman some fans still admire as the ‘Tiger.’

At Bourda, in 2003, under Lara’s leadership, it was Chanderpaul, not Samuels, Jacobs, Ganga or the Prince himself, who took on the mighty Australians in a rampant century that came of just 69-deliveries, a world record in that to this day, it’s the sixth-fastest Test ton of all times.

Not that the batsman of Indian heritage or roots went quiet against India, against whom he fired 7 of his 30 centuries with gusto and application, routing a Kumble, Srinath, Prasad and Zaheer Khan-powered India with a fourth of his career tons (Tests).

His limited-overs game saw Chanderpaul offer the team’s call to take extra responsibility with much pleasure sans any complaints.

Often opening with Gayle, and on other occasions with Hinds or Jacobs, Chandepraul kept shouldering responsibilities, and tirelessly so, even as batsmen around him came and went.

However, little did this pendulum of consistency deviate from the end goal- which was to contribute to a team’s cause even as in events where giant celebrations came about, such as the 2004 Champion’s Trophy win or the Coca Cola Singapore Cup, the man would comfortably let others hold center-stage by retreating to the background.

And it’s here where Chanderpaul’s true essence as a tireless vigilante in the middle remains: do everything for the team being the prime batsman but retreat into isolation, eschewing limelight much like the Dark Knight did when one went into search for the hero who saved Gotham, time and again.

There’ll be many who’ll come and fire way more than Chanderpaul’s 30 Test hundreds. Some will score rapider than the southpaw so, some in larger magnitude of runs, but not everyone will have the delight of earning respect, whether from a Kallis, Sangakkara or Lara himself as being the man who held onto an end so that the others could do what they fancied from the other end.

For being the keeper of the flame that is West Indies cricket, we owe a lot to you Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Enjoy your 47th!

GFF’s Forde promises Waramadong an Academy Training Centre

Guyana Football Federation (GFF) President Wayne Forde has pledged to establish an Academy Training Centre (ATC) in Waramadong to boost hinterland football development, during a visit to the Region 7 community this week.
The President also donated football equipment to the village sports council and offered to organise GFF training for coaches, referees and club administrators for the Region where, because of its difficult terrain and logistical challenges, some areas are not adequately served.


The Federation regularly undertakes outreach, equipment donations, and capacity building activities in hinterland communities that are not covered within the boundaries of the GFF’s nine Regional Associations, and Forde underscored the reason for this, “It is vital for the GFF – and for me, personally – to ensure that all corners of Guyana have access to football development resources and support, as our nine Regional Associations do not cover the entire geography of the country,” Forde said.

“My meetings this week with Waramadong village leaders and the sports council were extremely positive, and we look forward to working together to develop football and to give young people in the community the opportunities they deserve to reach their full potential,” he said.

Forde said the GFF Technical Department will begin work immediately on planning for the creation of a special Academy Training Centre in the village, which boasts one of the most successful school football teams in Guyana.

The GFF’s ATC programme is an elite youth development initiative for boys and girls, which provides professional-standard sessions delivered by trained GFF-affiliated coaches. The programme, which currently only covers the GFF’s Regional Associations, has been hailed by FIFA and Concacaf as a pioneering template for football development in the Caribbean region.

“We are determined to give all talent in Guyana a chance to reach our national teams, no matter where it is based,” said Forde, who also undertook an outreach to Mabaruma in Region 1 earlier this year. “We want to reward proactive and committed football communities. No Guyanese should have to miss out on the GFF’s national football pathway just because of the limitations of the regional association structure we inherited.”

“We know the past year has been challenging for all footballers across Guyana,” he said, “but, thanks to the national vaccination programme, there is now a light at the end of the tunnel. We continue to urge the football community to fully support the vaccination drive, so that we can move out of this pandemic, protect our loved ones, and return to play very soon.”

CWI name 17-man squad for Pak series, No Hetty No Permaul

Cricket West Indies have named a 17-man squad for the upcoming two-test series against Pakistan, however, Guyanese batsman Shimron Hetmyer and spin maestro Veerasammy Permaul have once again been omitted from the side.

Permaul’s absence is notable since he picked up a 5-wicket haul in the recently concluded ‘Best vs Best’ 4-day match while Jomel Warrican who continues to feature in the test side has not had any standout performances which warrants his continued selection.

The panel have recalled fast bowler Chemar Holder and middle-order batsman Shamarh Brooks. Holder made his Test debut in New Zealand last year but has not featured since then. Brooks last played in New Zealand and has earned a recall following a polished century in the Best v Best four-day match last week. Additionally, two experienced players, left-hander Darren Bravo and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel will not feature in the upcoming two-match series.

Roger Harper, Lead Selector of the Senior Men’s Team said:

“Chemar Holder returns, having recovered from his injury. He will bolster the fast bowling department. Shamarh Brooks batted his way into the provisional squad by scoring an accomplished century. He will certainly add some depth to the squad’s batting.”

“Shannon Gabriel has been given time to rehab fully and build his conditioning, so he was not part of the preparations for the Test series against Pakistan, which included the Best v Best game. Darren Bravo has been part of the ‘bubble’ from the preparation camp leading into the Betway Test series against South Africa and has been given a break.”
Harper added:

“I expect the team to be highly competitive in every department while playing with passion, purpose and determination. I look forward to the batsmen stepping up as they did in the series against Bangladesh and against Sri Lanka earlier this year in Antigua.”

The two-match Betway Test Series will be played at Sabina Park from August 12-16 and August 20-24. The Betway Test Series forms the first of six Series in the new cycle of the International Cricket Council World Test Championship to find the best Test match cricket team in the world. 

FULL SQUAD

  • Kraigg Brathwaite (Captain)
  • Jermaine Blackwood (Vice Captain)
  • Nkrumah Bonner
  • Shamarh Brooks
  • Rahkeem Cornwall
  • Roston Chase
  • Joshua Da Silva
  • Jahmar Hamilton
  • Chemar Holder
  • Jason Holder
  • Shai Hope
  • Alzarri Joseph
  • Kyle Mayers
  • Kieran Powell
  • Kemar Roach
  • Jayden Seales
  • Jomel Warrican