The Digicel/Sportsmax Regional four-day tournament, formerly the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Professional Cricket League (PCL), has re-introduced day/night cricket in the 4-day system, with each team having to play two matches (home/away) with the pink ball.
Different pundits of the sport have said the ball is difficult for visibility but head coach of defending champions, Guyana Jaguars, Esuan Crandon believes that constant practice will be needed to adapt to playing the pink ball under lights.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday after the team’s simulation match at the Everest Cricket Club, Crandon stated, “It is important that we get accustom, as soon as the balls are t available we will get some practice, there has been comments about the pink ball in the night but we need to concentrate on what we can do best”.
The Jaguars’ two matches will be against Windward Islands Volcanoes (November 25-28) and Barbados Pride (December 8-11) and the coach feels that the utilising the conditions with the pink ball will play a major part in their success.
“We need to utilize the conditions during the day and then in the night with the ball, so we can devise the best possible plan to deal to counter-attack the opposition”, the head coach said.
The Jaguars would have won the 4-day title for the past two years, only losing once in 20 matches but the coach is adamant that the players need to be cautious against over confidence.
“What happened in the past two years, is the past, we are not rally banking on that; it is a fresh season, we just want to get our mental aspect in check and the guys are doing well heading into the tournament”, the former national player stated.
The League resumes on November 11, with Guyana playing at home to Jamaica at Providence and the coach says that the results seen thus far is positive, as the players work on their mental and physical fitness.
“Training has been coming along pretty good so far, we are putting in the fine touches; it is about two weeks from the start, so it is important that we get the guys in good shape”, Crandon stated.
The Berbician added, “I have said to the guys you look to improve everyday as you go along in specific skills, batting, bowling and fielding and try to get yourselves in the best shape and condition before the start of the tournament”.
After playing Jamaica, they travel to Warner Park, St. Kitts to play the Leeward Island Hurricanes then to the Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium in St. Lucia for their encounter against the Volcanoes.
Guyana Jaguars squad: Shimron Hetmyer, Leon Johnson, Devendra Bishoo, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Vishaul Singh, Assad Fudadin, Raymon Reifer, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Christopher Barnwell, Veerasammy Permaul, Gudakesh Motie, Keon Joseph, Anthony Bramble, Steven Jacobs, Paul WIntz and Romario Shephard.