Sarwan’s Guyana repeat

Guyana Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan
says that his team has a point to prove in the upcoming Caribbean Twenty20.

“We are the defending T20 champions
and we know everyone will be gunning for us after we qualified for the Champions
League in South Africa this year. We want to prove our win was no fluke,” the
elegant right handed middle order batsman said as he looked ahead to the regional
showpiece tournament to be staged in Antigua and Barbados from January 10th to
the 23rd.

“T20 is a fast paced game and you
have to be thinking all the time. Hopefully we would have learned from South
Africa (during the Airtel Champions League) and we have to remain positive
without being reckless. The senior batters will have to pull their weight and I
think we have a decent bowling attack, especially with (Veerasammy) Permaul
back to join (Devendra) Bishoo,” the 30 year old Sarwan outlined.

“We have not had much cricket as a
team and we have a couple of new players in the mix so Trinidad will be great
for us to try and get our combinations right and see the new players in a match
situation before we play in the Caribbean T20.

“We have being doing a lot of
physical stuff and the guys are actually enjoying these sessions. The attitude
to the training has been excellent from everyone and we are getting stronger
physically and mentally as a unit.”

The Guyanese team will be without
seasoned all-rounder Narsingh Deonarine who was withdrawn due to injury.

“When we opted to leave (Sewnarine)
Chattergoon out it was with the thinking that Shiv (Chanderpaul) could open and
bat through the innings but now we will have to adjust.

“Losing Deonarine’s experience
creates an impact in the middle order and now either Shiv or I might have to
bat at [number] four.”