Chanderpaul 'Fully Fit And Ready' For CT20

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Guyana Times
Avenash Ramzan

The experienced left- handed batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul said he’s “ fully fit and ready” to represent Guyana’s Amazon Conquerors in next year’s Caribbean T20 cricket competition in Antigua and Barbados.

Chanderpaul, who has fully recovered from a calf injury picked up during the current West Indies’ tour to Bangladesh and India, is one of only four players with Test experience in the squad - Narsingh Deonarine, Sewnarine Chattergoon and Devendra Bishoo being the others. Newly appointed skipper of the Guyana team, Christopher Barnwell, and wicketkeeper Derwin Christian, have represented the West Indies in T20s, while Royston Crandon and Leon Johnson have ODI experience.

In an exclusive interview with Guyana Times, Chanderpaul said he received clearance from the West Indies Cricket Board’s doctor and physiotherapist to resume playing, and all focus is now on representing Guyana in the upcoming regional T20.

I’ve been given the all clear by the doctor and the physio, and that has been communicated to the West Indies Cricket Board,” Chanderpaul said.

The former West Indies captain explained that while the ultimate aim is to help Guyana win the title, he’s keen on guiding and offering words of advice and encouragement to the young players in the squad.

Obviously, we want to win the tournament, but before all of that can happen, the senior players will have to provide guidance to the younger ones, and that’s one of the things I plan to do,” the veteran of 137 Tests, 268 ODIs, and 22 T20Is stressed. Chanderpaul added that the squad is a good blend of youth and experience that could work in Guyana’s favour during the January 9-22 tournament.

With regards his role in the team, the 2008 ICC Cricketer-of-the-Year, who is known for his dogged style of batting, said he fully understands the fast-paced nature of T20 cricket and will be altering his style to suit the game’s shortest format.

Of course you have to change your approach depending on the match situation - and also do that in the best interest of the team. We must have a clear plan game after game, and execute those plans effectively,” Chanderpaul posited.

As of now, the ‘Tiger’, as he is affectionately referred to by teammates, is on a strict fitness regime, and will be playing two 40-over friendly matches this weekend at Enmore and Berbice to kick-start his own personal preparation for the T20 competition.

The 14-member squad, along with six reserves, is expected to be encamped shortly.

The Amazon Conquerors, champions of the inaugural Stanford T20 competition in 2006 and the first Caribbean T20 competition in 2010, are slotted in Group ‘A’ with 2008 Stanford winners and reigning CT20 champs Trinidad and Tobago, the Windward Islands, the Leeward Islands, and Canada.

Group ‘B’ comprises Jamaica, Barbados, the Combined Campuses and Colleges, the Netherlands, and English county side Sussex.

Guyana’s first match is against the Leeward Islands on January 9 at 20:00h at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua.

The full squad reads: Christopher Barnwell (captain), Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Trevon Griffith, Narsingh Deonarine, Leon Johnson, Royston Crandon, Steven Jacobs, Derwin Christian, Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo, Dellon Heyliger, Rajiv Ivan, and Ronsford Beaton.

The standby players are Rajendra Chandrika, Keon Joseph, Eon Hooper, Vishal Singh, Anthony Bramble, Elton Baker, and Dion Ferrier.