Tagenarine Chanderpaul hopes for Guyana Jaguars pick

Opener and former Under-19 batsman Tagenarine Chanderpaul is hoping to break into the upcoming West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Professional Cricket League’s (PCL) four-day squad for the 2015/2016 season, which begins in November.

The Guyanese, currently training with the Guyana Jaguars franchise, said that the upcoming season is one where he will look to cement himself in the longer format.

“Hopefully if I get a knock in the tournament, I’ll try and get some runs and do well for the team, because we are the defending champions and we have to retain that status,” he said.

Currently at 19 years, Chanderpaul, who has a total of nine first-class matches with an average of 20, will be looking to follow in the footsteps of his father, veteran West Indies middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

“After I finish training in the mornings here (with the team), I usually go home and practise my batting in the nets about an hour or so in the bowling machine,” said the young left- hander.

At the Under–19 level last year, he was an outstanding performer at the top of the order, scoring 112 against India at the 2014 World Cup in Dubai but his side still failed to secure the win.

For the longer format, however, he says that more patience is needed, declaring, “When you go out to bat, you try to get a start, don’t play too many shots, just try and stay tight until you get a start.

“Get in and then you start scoring a bit more freely. I try and stay tight upfront. As an opening batsman, the new ball does a bit. You’ve just got to try and stay tight and bat off the sheen.”

(Taken from Guyana Chronicle)