Ontario Masters Confident
Skipper of the Ontario Masters Softball International (OMSI) team Shiv Seeram is very optimistic his team will make a good impression in this year’s Guyana Softball Cup 4.
The side is scheduled to participate for the second successive year when the action gets cracking from October 31 to November 2.
The tournament will again be run under the auspices of the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association and other teams from New York, Florida, Canada and the host nation are expected to compete in both the Veteran category and Open division.
Seeram, the former Guyana Under-19 batsman who also represented Canada at the senior level, expressed confidence that his side can be the champion since their preparations are progressing nicely.
He made this declaration on Saturday evening when the side held a farewell and fund-raising dinner at the Tropical Restaurant and Bar in Scarborough.
“I [am] highly confident we can do well in Guyana this year. I think last year was just great despite only winning two matches, but I think the guys are better prepared and looking forward to the challenge,” the 51-year-old batsman related.
Seeram is banking heavily on the experienced players to perform and the likes of Sunil Dhaniram, Jaimini Singh and Desmond Chumney are expected to churn out good performances, given the fact they have a wealth of experience on the softball scene.
“Obviously, when you have players like these among others, you have reason to be confident and optimistic. They are good softball players and, as I said, we can come out good this year,” Seeram mentioned.
Manager of the team, Azeem Khan, also strongly feels the side is capable of dominating because they have got a bunch of quality players to match their skills against the other participating sides.
“I think the players want to do well in Guyana, The exposure will be great again and no doubt we can expect great results as well,” Khan commented.
A former Ontario Masters Cricket League president, Khan is very thankful to those who help making their trip to Guyana possible.
He said Naseer Baksh and Teddy Hussain are two of the many names. Baksh is the assistant Manager/Player now, while Hussain is ‘Ours Own Sports Club’ manager. His team recently won the Ontario Masters League 20-over championship for the third consecutive year.
Meanwhile, Seeram also stated that his elder brother Rabindranauth Seeram will be part of Canada’s line-up as a guest player. Rabindranauth represented Guyana at the First-Class level, while he played for West Indies B team, and coached Guyana in the West Indies Cricket Board senior regional competition.
The full side reads: Shiv Seeram (Captain), Mohan Harihar, Desmond Chumney, Sunil Dhaniram, Jesh Parasnauth, Jaimini Singh, Mark Luke, Naseer Baksh, Mohan Singh, Shivo Rhagunandon, Arjune Harihar, Rabindranauth Seeram, Ricky Persaud, Tony Singh and Eon Abel.