THE Guyana Jaguars will look to their experienced players for guidance as the first round of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional four-day tournament bowls off today at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence. The team, who won the last two tournaments in this format, will look to carry on that form for a three-peat with their first match against the Jamaica Scorpions.
Assistant coach of the team, Rayon Griffith, contended that the idea behind the team was to maintain as many of the core players as possible from the first two instalments and to nurture those young talents.
For that, he is looking to the senior batsmen in the side. “I think with the experience of Shivnarine Chanderpaul especially; he has his role to play, basically he’s going to be there as a mentor to the batsmen,” he said.
He is also hoping that the recently concluded local league would have equipped those selected with as much cricketing preparation as they need to face the Jamaican franchise squad.
“We have five batters in that set-up with two all-rounders and three spinners. We have one fast bowler. Having said that, we had the local league which saw some good performances and we hope we can see some of those performances helping us.”
Leon Johnson will lead the Guyana Jaguars’ charge with Vishaul Singh as vice-captain.
In the squad are former West Indies captain Chanderpaul, his son Tagenarine and former Under-19 player Shimron Hetmyer.
Rajendra Chandrika, Raymon Reifer, Anthony Bramble, Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo, Gudakesh Motie, Keon Joseph and Christopher Barnwell have all been named in squad.
The head coach of the unit is Esaun Crandon.