Guyana set for Champions League

Carl Moore, the manager of the
victorious Guyana team in the Caribbean T20, has said his team will be looking
to emulate Trinidad & Tobago, who reached the final of the Champions League
in India last year. Guyana have qualified for this year’s edition of the
tournament, to be held in South Africa next month.

“We will be working harder now
because we want to try and live up to what T&T did last year when they came
second, and even go a step further and do better than T&T and hopefully
give the Caribbean some pride,” Moore said. “We have a month to prepare and I
am sure the Guyana cricket board will get things in order.”

Moore feels Guyana will derive
confidence from being the only Caribbean team to beat a strong T&T side in
the shortest version. He singled out the youngster Jonathan Foo for praise and
said that he could be their “ace in the hole” for the Champions League. Foo
scored an undefeated 42 off 17 balls against Barbados in the thrilling final of
the inaugural Caribbean T20.

Moore credited Guyana captain
Ramnaresh Sarwan for the win. “Teamwork and the captaincy of Sarwan had a lot
to do with it. Sarwan was able to inspire the team and everyone looked up to
him.”

Guyana play their first match of
the tournament against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Centurion on 12
September. The other teams in the group are Mumbai Indians, Lions and South
Australia. Meanwhile, the tournament was hailed as a resounding success by the
WICB president Julian Hunte.

“I want to say well done to
everyone who had a hand in the successful staging of the Caribbean T20
tournament. It was a quality event and the people of the Caribbean have every
reason to be proud of what we saw on the fields at Kensington Oval in Barbados
and Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad,” said Hunte.

“The entire cricket world witnessed
what we have on offer, via our broadcast partner ESPN, and it looked really
good. The people of the region are the ones who made it happen and we at the
WICB want them to know they did a fantastic job.”

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