PRESIDENT of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) yesterday showered the Guyana Jaguars with praise for reaching the final of the NAGICO Super50 Cricket Tournament, despite losing to Trinidad and Tobago’s Red Force. The team arrived home yesterday and were greeted by Drubahadur and vice-president Fizul Bacchus. They were told to now shift their focus on capturing the Regional Four-Day title.
“You have bowled well in the final but didn’t get going with the bat. The best batsman in the world struggles against Sunil Narine and dealing with bowlers like him, it is one area we need to do more work on for the future.”
The limited overs contest is finished and it is important that you put that behind you and channel all your focus on the second leg of the Regional 4-Day Tournament. It will be a test of your determination and self-belief. We at the GCB believe you can do it and I am certain that your fans out there believe the same.” The GCB president said
Bacchus also urged the players to regroup and turn their attention to the Regional 4-Day. “One team had to lose in the final but Guyana fought hard to reach there and we recognise your efforts. Yes, we didn’t win the title but we had some outstanding individual performances.”
“Veerasammy Permaul continued his brilliance with the ball while Raymon Reifer and Shivnarine Chanderpaul each produced a fighting match-winning innings. I would like you to take these positives and energy into the longer version of the game. Remember you are leading in the Regional 4-Day and it is important that you maintain that lead.”
On their way to the final, Guyana defeated Windward Islands by 142 runs and Barbados by two wickets in the preliminary round and Jamaica by six wickets in the semifinal.
The second leg of the Regional 4-Day will begin on February 6. Guyana are leading after the first leg with 57 points.