Three The Selectors Overlooked
GUYANA'S cricket selectors have done a fairly good job in naming 31 players to take part in the trials for the Shell Shield regional tournament.
But it was with some amazement that I observed the omission of Cosmos' opening batsman `Bud' Lee, Queen's College opener George Robinson and Berbice schoolboy right-arm spinner Mohandas Madramootoo.
The nomination of Deonarine Biscessar of Gandhi Youth Organisation to the list of players was based on his performance in scoring 1,000 runs and claiming 87 wickets in the Northcote Cup competition last season. Lee and Robinson also topped the 1,000-run mark, but have not been called.
In support of Madramootoo's claims, one should remember that in the schoolboys' tournament last year he captured 16 wickets at 18.26 runs apiece and was the outstanding bowler of the Guyanese team. I do not consider the list of invitees to be overcrowded since in the past I have seen as many as 70 players on it. With this in view the addition of the names of Lee, Robinson and Madramootoo should not seriously disrupt the selectors' original plans.
It is presumed that the inclusion of wicket-keeper C. Munilall of Gandhi Youths and DCC's fast bowler. Richard Blair (incidentally he has only played in one Case Cup match getting 8 for 34) is merely to evaluate their ability in departments in which, at the moment Guyana are very weak. Why, then, the exclusion of Lee and Robinson when we also need an opening partner for Stephen Comacho?
Are we to keep on with Roy Fredericks, who has failed repeatedly in the past, 'bouncer shy' Vincent Mayers or Colin Wiltshire, who has also been found wanting?
Now, get this straight. I am merely suggesting that Lee, Robinson and Madramootoo, on their performances last season, merit a chance to show whether they are up to first-class cricket standard or not. To do otherwise would, perhaps, be doing them and our prospects in the series, an injustice.