President of the Guyana Cricket Board, Drubahadur, and Director of Sports, Christopher Jones, received the Guyana Under-19 team who successfully defended their Regional title on Sunday, August 30, 2015 in Jamaica.
Drubahadur welcomed the boys, noting that they have made their country proud. The President stated that the executives, members and staff of GCB are overjoyed with their victory. He acknowledged how various players answered the call to take the team home on different occasions.
“It was evident that this team played as a unit and they enjoyed each other achievement. That is something vital if any team is to be successful and I am pleased that at the youth level, you guys showed maturity and stick to your game plan. Apart from the victory, you fellas have been excellent ambassadors for your country and the GCB. We have been following your behavior as well and we received good feedback. I must applaud you and the management team in this regard as well”.
Jones congratulated the team for retaining their title, explaining that it is good to win something once but to do it more than once, back to back, is great. He also alluded to the players’ effort to dominate the Tournament again.
“You didn’t become complacent and underestimate your opponent at any time, even when you had already qualified for the final; you went out and played professionally. That is what top sportsmen do and you should be extremely proud of yourselves”.
Jones also commended the GCB for sticking to their mandate and producing and selecting winning teams. He stated that the Government of Guyana is committed to the development of Sports and they would work with the GCB to see cricket progress in Guyana.
Team Manger, David Black, expressed his excitement at having such a warm welcome home, and praised the players for their discipline and dedication.
“I didn’t expect to see the Director of Sports here; this is such a heartwarming surprise. On behalf of the team I wish to thank you for your concern and time. Last year we won at home but this year we beat Jamaica in their backyard; that was overwhelming. The boys give it their all. It was as if they were hungry and winning was the only food available. I am so happy to be a part of this memorable accomplishment and I would like to thank the GCB for giving me that opportunity”.
Captain Travis Persaud, said everybody gave 100 percent and they played as a team in each game which is the reason for their success. He posited that this group of players is tough to beat and he is proud to be their captain. He thanked the GCB for giving him the chance, and his teammates for supporting him.
Everyone in their speeches, congratulated Shimron Hetmyer, Tevin Imlach, Akshaya Persaud and Keemo Paul for being called up for the WICB U-19 World Cup camp.