Providence Available For Test

Sport Minister Dr Frank Anthony revealed on Wednesday that the Guyana National Stadium is available and equipped to host the West Indies versus Pakistan Test match, which is tentatively scheduled for June this year.

Colin Stuart

A reliable fast bowler for Guyana, Stuart was called up for Test duty as the selectors desperately tried to find match-winning fast bowlers to rebuild the West Indies team. The extra pressure of Test cricket, especially in a team striving hard to regain past glory, took its toll on Stuart's knees, ending his career prematurely for both Guyana and the West Indies.

Ivor Mendonca

Ivor Mendonca was a brilliant wicketkeeper and competent batsman for Guyana and the West Indies in the early 1960s. His two Test appearances came when Jackie Hendriks was injured, in the second and fourth Tests against India in 1962. On his debut, at Kingston, he scored 78 and took four catches and a stumping. In his other Test he again made five dismissals, but Deryck Murray was preferred for the 1963 England tour after Hendriks retired.

Neil McGarrell

Neil McGarrell, nicknamed "Beast" by fellow players and fans, was an economical slow left arm bowler and useful batsman. His quickness and sure hands make him a dangerous fielder, especially close to the wicket. He earned the nickname "Beast" through his willingness to undergo any amount of hardship, such as bowling very long spells while fielding all day, for the benefit of his team.

Sew Shivnarine

Sew Shivnarine, an attacking batsman and left-arm leg spinner, was the first cricketer from Albion to play Test cricket. He was an excellent fieldsman and a permanent fixture in the Berbice and Guyana teams, bringing some stability to the middle-to-lower order batting.

Stephen Camacho

Steve Camacho came from a solid cricketing background (his grandfather, GC Learmond, played first-class cricket for Barbados and Trinidad) and was a decent Test opener and a pioneer in West Indies cricket administration. He was the first full-time employee of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and was at various stages secretary, chief executive and a Test selector.

Leonard Baichan

Leonard Baichan was one of the most successful opening batsmen for Guyana, along with Roy Fredericks, Leslie Wight and Clayton Lambert. Baichan, a left-hander, was a solid reliable batsman whose greatest assets were his good defense and immense powers of concentration.

Colin Croft

Colin Croft, the fourth and last child Sylvia Celestine, attended Lancaster Primary School in Demerara, where he was a wicket-keeper in cricket and goalkeeper in soccer.

Mahendra Veeren Nagamootoo

Mahendra Nagamootoo is a right-arm leg-spinner and a useful lower order batsman who played 5 Test matches and 24 One Day Internationals for the West Indies between 2000 and 2002. A nephew of both former Test players Rohan Kanhai and Alvin Kallicharran, he learnt his early trade at the Berbice club level (Port Mourant) and soon graduated to the national youth team which dominated the regional tournaments in the 1990s.


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