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Sarwan returns to lead Guyana in Caribbean T20

Ramnaresh Sarwan

GEORGETOWN –Ramnaresh Sarwan has been named Guyana captain for the Caribbean T20 tournament and will lead a squad that does not include Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Sarwan, who missed the Test series against South Africa due to an injured hamstring, makes a return to competitive cricket in the competition starting July 22.

The tournament comprises seven other teams from and the winner qualifies for the Champions League Twenty20 in September.

Meanwhile, Darren Sammy, the Windward Islands captain, has said he’ll be banking on the team’s bowling as it prepares to compete in the same tournament.

The Windwards team includes several players with international experience.

Among them are openers Andre Fletcher and Devon Smith; pacer Nelon Pascal; off-spinner Shane Shillingford and leg-spinning all-rounder Rawl Lewis.

“I don’t see why we can’t come out on top.

Our strength is in our bowling and overall I would say the selectors have picked a very good all-round team,” Sammy said.

Our batting will rely mainly on the experienced players – such as Smith, Fletcher, Lewis, Liam Sebastien, and myself.

Most of the players in the team have the ability to bat and bowl so we have players who can contribute in two departments.

“We have Shillingford, Sebastien, and Lewis who are very economical bowlers and I know they will do very well for us.

We also have a number of players who are coming through, and I’m very satisfied with the squad assembled.

I am confident we can go to Barbados, qualify for the final four, and take it from there.” “We have seen over the years that teams are closer together in the Twenty20 format.

Whoever plays the better cricket on the day will win.

Our chances are very good,” Sammy said.

“The Champions League is a massive incentive.

All the teams will fancy their chances and will be gunning to make it to South Africa in September.

We saw what Trinidad and Tobago did for the region in India last year and that should be a form of motivation for all teams – to go out and represent on the world stage.

In the Windwards camp we are very excited.

We will take it one game at a time and enjoy every moment.” Canada’s team for the event will be led by Rizwan Cheema.

The big news for them is the absence of Ashish Bagai due to knee injury.

He is set to undergo treatment in Toronto.

Guyana squad: Ramnaresh Sarwan (capt), Narsingh Deonarine, Travis Dowlin, Sewnarine Chattergooon, Lennox Cush, Christopher Barnwell, Davendra Bishoo, Derwin Christian, Esaun Crandon, Royston Crandon, Jonathan Foo, Assad Fudadin, Steven Jacobs, Paul Wintz.

Windward Islands squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Devon Smith, Andre Fletcher, Rawl Lewis, Liam Sebastien, Johnson Charles, Donwell Hector, Craig Emmanuel, Lindon Lawrence, Keddy Lesporis, Gairy Mathurin, Nelon Pascal, Shane Shillingford, Deighton Butler.

Canada squad: Rizwan Cheema (capt), Harvir Baidwan, Trevin Bastiampillai, Geoff Barnett, Umar Bhatti, Hemnarine Chattergoon, Khurram Chohan, Parth Desai, Tyson Gordon, Calvert Hooper, Usman Limbada, Hiral Patel, Zubin Sukari, Hamza Tariq.  (EUROSPORT)

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