The executives, members and staff of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) extend congratulations to the four Guyanese players who have been called up to the West Indies Under-19 World Cup Camp which is slated for August 4 to August 17 at the West Indies Mona Campus in Barbados.
Shimron Hetmyer, Tevin Imlach, Akshaya Persaud and Keemo Paul went straight into camp after the completion of the Regional Under-19 Tournament which Guyana won. The GCB is extremely proud of these boys’ growth and development as cricketers and we believe they would be among the future stars of West Indies cricket.
Guyana continues to dominate regional cricket, hence, we at the GCB expect that our players will represent the region at the highest level. These four cricketers consistent outstanding performance have impressed many and we are hoping that they would emerge from the Camp into the West Indies World Cup squad.
Shimron Hetmyer, an opening batsman, is no doubt the most prolific young batsman in the region. He was the WICB U-19 cricketer of the year in 2014 and at this year U-19 Tournament, he scored the most runs (355 with one century and two half centuries). He also registered the highest individual score (135 against Leeward Islands).
Left arm off-spinner, Akshaya Persaud, is noted for his economical bowling figures and his ability to withstand pressure. He is also a dependable middle order batsman. Many would remember that excellent 92 he compiled for Demerara in the final against Berbice in this year’s Under-19 Inter-County Competition.
Tevin Imlach is an opening wicket-keeper batsman, whose skills with the bat and behind the wicket is definitely remarkable. In the recently concluded Under-19 Tournament, he scored 61 against Trinidad and Tobago; what is significant about that innings is that he batted through the innings, keeping the innings together and taking Guyana to victory.
All-rounder Keemo Paul burst onto the scene last year in the Inter-County Competition and kept progressing rapidly. He is deemed as Guyana’s most dependable youth cricketer as he is noted for pulling his team out of trouble. One such innings was that fighting 54 he made against Windward Islands in a match winning partnership with Kasim Khan (51) in this year’s Under-19 Tournament.
These four players have a very bright cricket future ahead of them and we are happy that the selectors have recognized that. We are hoping that they would be given the opportunity to represent our region at the 2016 U-19 World Cup.
We wish them a safe and productive Camp. We also urge them to be discipline, attentive and open to new methods and techniques, respect their authority and don’t ever give up. The GCB support is always behind them.