Akshaya Thanks CPL
During last year’s Caribbean Premier League, a new concept was introduced whereby four promising Under-19 players were afforded the opportunity to train with the six franchises.
West Demerara’s all-rounder Akshaya Persaud was one of the four selected by the Guyana Amazon Warriors, and today the talented young man reflects on his experience mingling with some of cricket’s biggest names.
On being selected: When I was selected to be part of the Guyana Amazon Warriors squad, I was overjoyed. I was aware of my selection when I was in school writing my CSEC examination. It was two days before I finished my exams when I was made aware of my selection.
At school, all my friends and teachers were very excited and surprised and many of them didn’t expect me to be selected for the team at an early age (16 years). My friends were more excited than I was when they heard the news. They gave me best wishes and my teachers gave me lots of advice.
My parents were very happy when they heard and I knew that I made them very proud. Also, my relatives and my friends were very happy.
The experience: My journey with the Guyana Amazon Warriors started on June 30 and ended on the July 20. All the players had to join the team on June 30 for the start of the camp on July 1.
The training started off tough for the first few days and as the camp was coming to a close the training became less tough. During the tough training, each and every Warrior of the team was motivating each other so that the team is at one level. The most amazing thing was that the senior players were always encouraging the other players so that the team was at the same point at the end of every training session.
The activity which I enjoyed and loved the most during the training camp was the ice bath after every training session. We had to sit in the bath tub, which was filled with ice and water for seven minutes. The first day I went in the tub I felt like jumping out, because it was really cold, but the team mates were encouraging me a lot and they said not to worry about the pain, because the time will be over soon.
After the first day experience with the ice bath, it was very easy for me for the rest of the camp. I really enjoyed those seven challenging minutes in the bath tub.
Also during the training camp, we had game simulation sessions in the evening and some in the afternoon. During those sessions I learnt a lot from the senior players. In the game simulation sessions, we were giving a total to achieve in a certain amount of overs. I learnt how to approach different situations of the game differently and at very important time of the game.
Another thing I will cherish is bowling and batting against both the local and overseas players. Firstly, bowling against Martin Guptill, Mohammed Hafeez, Lendl Simmons and Denesh Ramdin was like a dreaming come through for me. All of them are sensational batsmen. Also, not forgetting the local batsmen like Christopher Barnwell, Leon Johnson, Steven Jacobs and Trevon Griffith.
Secondly, batting against the bowlers, both local and overseas, was awesome. The bowlers didn’t give me a chance to settle down and I enjoyed the challenge. Thirdly, I will cherish the advice and encouragement that I received from Veerasammy Permaul. He encouraged me a lot during my time with the team and he gave me some vital bowling tips, since both of us are left-arm spinners.
The Warriors management: Being part of the Warriors squad was a dream come through for me at a very early age. The Coach Roger Harper helped me a lot during that period of time. He gave me a lot of vital tips in my batting and bowling, and also fielding.
The Manager Omar Khan is the best team manager I have ever come across. He also did his job and ensured that the players were also comfortable and had no problems to deal with.
Not forgetting the captain, Denesh Ramdin, he is a very good captain. Also, he’s the best captain I had ever played under and he’s always thinking of another idea in the case of one not being executed properly. He always keeps calm in any situation, which I admire the most.
Not forgetting the legend, Sir Curtly Ambrose. He shared a lot of his memorable games with us. The rest of the management was very helpful and kind towards me.
Special thanks: I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all those who helped me throughout my cricketing career. I would like to thank my parents, who played a very important role in my career, my friends, my school Saraswati Vidya Niketan, Cornelia Ida Cricket Club, West Demerara Cricket Association, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, my relatives and other family members and also the Management of the Guyana Amazon Warriors squad and Dr Ranjisinghi Ramroop, the franchise owner of the Guyana Amazon Warriors and not forgetting my coach, Rabindranauth Seeram, who has been at my side from a very early age and who has guided me in every step of my cricketing career.
My next goal is to be part of the Guyana Amazon Warriors team as a member, playing in the Caribbeal Premier League.