Head coach of the Guyana senior cricket team Esaun Crandon, believes preparations ahead of the second edition of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Professional Cricket League’s (PCL), Regional four-day tournament are progressing well.
The former first-class fast bowler said he is satisfied with progress made so far.
He pointed out that much more needs to be done in the coming weeks to ensure the players reach peak condition, but having said that, Crandon acknowledged that he has already seen signs of improvement from the players.
“Yes, definitely things have been going well and I’m satisfied with the progress we have made so far,” Crandon said. He added “Preparation is coming along quite well for us. We have utilised three days for a simulation game which was very competitive.
Obviously we are looking at application, how the batters apply themselves in the crease and spending time in the crease, but “awareness” is an important aspect we are also looking at,” Crandon outlined.
Further, Crandon pointed out that the coaching staff is also monitoring the bowling department, especially the fasterbowlers.
“Obviously the bowlers, especially the quick’s, we are looking at them closely, we want them to construct proper overs and at the same time try to work batters out,” the former Guyana fast bowler opined.
Crandon is also keen on intensifying the basics, adding that once the players cultivate the right attitude and habits, it will be easier at competition time.
Further, in ensuring there is “camaraderie” among the players, the players will have another simulation game next week, in addition to two four-day games next month in order to get the players to understand their roles and functions.
The Guyana Jaguars, winners of the first edition of the PCL in 2014/2015, won eight of the 10 matches. They lost and drew one each to accumulate a whopping 148 points, 31 more than second place Barbados Pride on 117.
The Windward Islands Volcanoes finished third on 109 points, followed by Jamaica (75), Trinidad and Tobago Red Force (65) and Leeward Islands Hurricanes (54).
As was the case during the first edition, the Regional four-day will be played on a home and away basis over 10 rounds from November 6.
Each team will play 10 matches, five at home and five away.
(Taken from Guyana Times)