Guyana wills champs to do well

Guyana’s cricketers are getting
ready for their trip to the Airtel Champions League and opener Travis Dowlin, a
veteran of 15 years in the national side, spoke of the honour it is to
represent his country and the region on the international stage. He also looked
at mood in the camp and the vibe on the streets of Guyana.

Dowlin said the players are full of
enthusiasm and belief as they prepare for what he believes will be “a wonderful
journey into the unknown” alongside some of the game’s best players in South
Africa next month. The Guyanese earned the right to represent the region when
they defeated Barbados by one wicket with just a ball to spare in the final of
the West Indies Cricket Board’s Caribbean T20 last month.

The Guyana players, under coach
Ravidranauth Seeram and skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan, were doing nets sessions,
fitness drills and gym workouts last week. This week they will have friendly
matches.

“There are high levels of
enthusiasm in the squad,” Dowlin, 33, said. “Everyone is really excited now we
have this great opportunity to play in the Champions League and represent our
beloved country on the international stage. Everyone is full of enthusiasm.
There is real expectation among the people of Guyana. Everywhere you turn,
people including the taxi drivers, bus drivers… just about everyone, has been
congratulating us for our performance in winning the Caribbean T20 and also
wishing us all the best as we prepare for South Africa. It feels really good to
see that people here paid so much attention to our performances in the CT20. We
hope to maintain that same level of intensity and commitment to the cause. We
know quite clearly the entire nation is behind us when we go to South Africa.”

For the 10-26 September event
Guyana will be in Group B. They will play Royal Challengers Bangalore on 12
September at SuperSport Park in Centurion, against Mumbai Indians on 16
September at Kingsmead in Durban; against Highveld Lions on 19 September at the
Wanderers in Johannesburg and return to the same venue two days later to face
South Australia Redbacks.

Dowlin added: “As a Guyana team we
want to bring our own brand of cricket. We want to create our own legacy.
Trinidad and Tobago had a great legacy. Last year they did really well for the
region, reaching the final, and everyone is expecting us to play a similar sort
of game.”

The Guyana selectors have kept
faith with the players who won the CT20 with the same 14 players who won the
regional tournament. The one player added is Richard Ramdeen, a right-handed
opening batsman.

Squad: Ramnaresh Sarwan (captain),
Royston Crandon, Lennox Cush, Travis Dowlin, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Narsingh
Deonarine, Jonothan Foo, Derwin Christian, Christopher Barnwell, Esaun Crandon,
Devendra Bishoo, Assad Fudadin, Paul Wintz, Steven Jacobs, Richard Ramdeen

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