Kevin Paul Ecstatic
Guyana Amazon Warriors’ Under-19 selectee Kevin Paul has expressed surprise at being called up to the Guyana Amazon Warriors preparatory camp, beginning July 1.
Paul, a talented fast bowler from the Everest Cricket Club, is one of six Under-19 players selected as part of the local franchise preparatory camp.
The Lodge Secondary School teacher is keen on making the opportunity count since he believes it will be a stepping stone for his promising cricket career.
“I was surprised to be picked actually, but the feeling is truly ecstatic,” Paul said of his initial reaction to the news. “After the draft and it was announced that Under-19 players will be part of the squad, I wasn’t even thinking that I would have been one of those players. I had no idea that I was going to be selected; I only knew about it when Guyana Times called me for a picture to put in the papers.”
The other called up are: West Indies Under-19 players Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Shimron Hetmyer, Demerara Cricket Club left-arm fast bowler Daniel Basdeo, Essequibo all-rounder Kemo Paul and 16-year-old West Coast Demerara batsman Akshaya Persaud.
Now that the 18-year-old will be sharing the same dressing room with his fellow countrymen, top players from the region and leading international T20 stars, Paul said he is looking forward to that experience.
“It’s indeed a boost of confidence and a once-in-a-life time opportunity to know that I will be rubbing shoulders and sharing the same dressing room with some of the greatest local, regional and international stars.”
“For the past couple of weeks my coach Andrew Lovell and I have been doing the extra training, so I am almost prepared for the challenge,” Paul, who represented Guyana at the Under-15 level, concluded.
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 from each playing franchise.
However, as an initiative geared toward the development of young cricketers, the management of the Guyana Amazon Warriors has widen 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, will be played from July 11 to August 16 with Chris Gayle’s Jamaica Tallawahs set to defend their title against last-year runner-up 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.