4 Guyanese in contention for Windies Under-19 selection

– Nedd, Anderson, Umroa, Singh selected for training camp

By Brandon Corlette

Grateful, thankful, satisfied and a dream come true were some of the words used by the Guyanese that gained selection for the training camp ahead of the Cricket Under-19 World Cup. In preparation for the Under-19 World Cup, Cricket West Indies has selected a training squad for encampment in Antigua that includes four Guyanese. The squad will undergo training from December 10 to December 20, 2018.
Speaking to Guyana Times Sport, Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) player Ashmead Nedd explained that his selection for the training camp was nothing new.
“I was there before, having represented West Indies Under-19 in New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup,” Nedd noted.
He has been a consistent performer at the regional level, representing Guyana at all youth levels from the Under-15s. The left-arm spinner, who usually extracts deadly turn and bounce, was among the few players who represented Guyana at the Under-17 and Under-19 level in the same year. Nedd told this reporter that his experience will give him an edge over his teammates and many of them will look at him as a leader.
The young Berbice batting sensation, Kevlon Anderson who is labelled as the best youth batsman in the country, told Guyana Times Sport that he was happy to be selected, since it takes him closer to representing West Indies at the Under-19 level. The Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club player, who hails from Number Two Village on the Corentyne, further explained that he was eager to play in the prestigious cricket tournament because the tournament has produced numerous Test cricketers. The likes of Virat Kohli, Kagiso Rabada and even Guyanese duo Keemo Paul and Shimron Hetmyer are the products of Under-19 World Cups.
In conclusion, Anderson said that wearing the “maroon colours” would be “very satisfying, but I will continue to work on my fitness and batting during the valuable training camp.”
Sachin Singh, the youngest of the four selected, is another proud product of the DCC. He is satisfied and grateful for the selection. The left-handed elegant stroke maker has represented the West Indies Under-16 team, and was given the opportunity to captain the regional team.
Umroa, the left-arm spinner who is following the footsteps of his Albion Cricket Club teammates Veerasammy Permaul and Gudakesh Motie, is more than happy about his selection. Umroa told this publication in an interview that the selection moved him closer to his childhood dream of playing for the West Indies. He told this reporter that the training camp will greatly assist him in the improvement of his bowling and fitness.
The training camp will be coached by the experienced duo Graeme West and his assistant Roderick Eswick.