Kemo Paul Welcomes Exposure
At age 16, Kemo Mandela Angus Paul is regarded as one of the most impressive Under-19 local all-rounders, and after being the standout all-rounder in the recently-concluded Guyana Cricket Board three-day Under-19 Inter-County tournament, during which he scored a century, his performances have not gone unnoticed.
The multi-talented athlete was snapped up by the Guyana Amazon Warriors as one of six Under-19 players for the Warriors preparatory camp, beginning July 1.
The versatile teen joins talented Everest Cricket Club fast bowler Kevin Paul, West Indies Under-19 openers Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Shimron Hetmyer, Demerara Cricket Club left-arm fast bowler Daniel Basdeo and 16-year-old West Coast Demerara batsman Akshaya Persaud.
“Well, despite my good performances in the Inter-County tournament, I was surprised by the selection. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to the exposure, mixing with all the seniors players will be an experience I am looking forward to,” the Essequibo Islands secondary school student told Guyana Times Sport on Friday.
He added: “This is just another opportunity whereby my game can improve. I am really looking forward to working with Head Coach Roger Harper and the team mentor Curtly Ambrose.”
The Under-19 players will be involved in all training sessions and other team activities during the Guyana Amazon Warriors camp and match practice scheduled for their home games only. However, the players will not be part of the selection process on match days.
This year, each franchise team consists of a squad of 19 players, comprising two pre-selected players – one West Indies Franchise Player (WIFP) and one International Franchise Player (IFP), selected by the franchise, as well as four Under-19 players.
However, as an initiative geared toward the development of young cricketers, the management of the Guyana Amazon Warriors has widened the pool of Under-19 players to six.
The Limacol CPL, which was played in front of sold-out crowds at all the venues in the Caribbean in 2013, will be played from July 11 to August 16 with Chris Gayle’s Jamaica Tallawahs set to defend their title against last year’s runner-up, the Guyana Amazon Warriors; Antigua Hawksbills; Barbados Tridents; St Lucia Zouks; and Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel.
The Guyana franchise, bought by the NEW GPC/Limacol, will play three of their nine preliminary games at home, on July 17 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel (19:30h); July 19 against St Lucia Zouks (16:00h); and July 20 against Jamaica Tallawahs (16:00h).
Prior to the three home games, the Warriors will play Antigua Hawksbills on July 11; Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel on July 24; Barbados Tridents on July 27; Jamaica Tallawahs on August 2; Antigua Hawksbills on August 7; and St Lucia Zouks on August 10 in their final preliminary game.