Canada Upbeat About GT&T Match
Canadian skipper, Mitch Bacchus, said his team is confident about beating Guyana for the GTT 10/10 International Cup at the National Stadium today. The international match between Canada and Guyana will be the second game on the programme, following the male third place playoff. The finals will follow the international match.
Captain Bacchus stated that all the players on his team are Guyanese who played both softball and hardball cricket in Guyana before migrating to Canada. He added that they are excellent in 10/10 cricket, and have impressive records.
Bacchus made 96 not out last Sunday in a league competition. Also, Troy Gonsalves who is on the team is a former national youth player who will also captain Everest in their match against Ghandi Youth Organisation for the Lipton Tea Cup on Sunday. Bacchus noted that they do not know anything about the Guyana National team which he believes is good.
“Right now our confidence level is very high. I think it is because we don’t know the Guyana team; maybe if we did, all sort of ideas might be going through our heads and cause us to panic. So, not knowing may be better,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Leonard Harprashad, executive secretary of the Guyana Softball League, said Canada are a strong and organised team but they would have their work cut out for them as the Guyana team is a powerful one that will not give up.
Bacchus revealed that they are going into the match expecting to win and when they do, they will donate the US$5000 prize money to orphanages in Berbice.
Both teams were unable to conduct proper practice sessions because of the rainy weather while Canada only arrived in Guyana on Thursday. The team had a few hours at the Everest Cricket Club ground. Both teams are expected to get some practice at the ground this morning before heading to the stadium.