EXCLUSIVE: Foo disappointed and hurt, but committed to working hard

By Brandon Corlette

Take a moment and imagine you had scored the second highest aggregate for your team in the last Regional Super50 tournament, and for the following tournament, you are dropped from the squad, not even listed on the stand-by.
Pain, that is the feeling that comes to one’s imagination.

2019.11.23: Jaguars’ Jonathan Foo scored an unbeaten 97 runs during match 18 of the CWI Colonial Super50 match between Guyana Jaguars and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at the Queens Park Oval, St. Clair, Trinidad. Photo: Allan V. Crane/CA-images/CWI

After scoring 334 runs from eight games at an average of 55.66 with a high-score of 97 in the last Super50 for Guyana Jaguars, Jonathan Foo has found himself out of the team for next month’s Super50 in Antigua.
Foo’s situation is a delicate one. he and others who made the 15-man squad were described as unfit by the selectors. But Foo was omitted and others made the cut.
In an exclusive interview with this publication, the 30-year-old Foo said he is disappointed and hurt about this omission, but would remain focused and is aiming to work hard on his fitness to make a return to the National side.
“To be honest, I’m very disappointed and hurt. Reason for my omission were the selectors call me unfit. I failed to reach the benchmark that was set, but I was also not the only one who didn’t, but of course it’s not an excuse for me to be unfit as well,” Foo disclosed.

Foo was the Jaguars second highest run-getter in the 2019 Super50

Not all sports journalists in the country can boast the luxury of attending the recent Guyana Jaguars fitness test at Leonora, followed by the three practice matches and match simulations at La Bonne Intention (LBI). Fortunately, I was there, and witnessed the Jaguars players in action first hand.
Foo says he is still motivated and is fully committed and available for all cricket, once he is given that opportunity.
“Once I am given that opportunity to represent my country, I will try my very best to do what’s required at that point, and make myself available for every situation given,” the man from Albion Community Centre Cricket Club noted.
Reflecting on his 2019 season with the Guyana Jaguars, Foo described his stint as decent. “I am still hurt. I had sleepless nights when I failed to finish two games which would have get us a step closer to the championship. I think maybe it should have got me over the line with this year’s selection, but as the chairman of selectors mentioned, fitness is as important as performance,” Foo explained.
The year 2020 has been a strange year for many. Foo did not play much cricket after his 2019 Regional Super50 season and he is not a contracted Jaguars player. During the practice matches, Foo looked dangerous with the bat.
Prior to the fitness assessment, Foo encountered a major setback. “I had a major setback leading up to the fitness assessment. Romario Shepherd tested positive for COVID-19. the entire set of players who were training with him had to undergo the testing, and I was also training with one of the guys who went in that training. I took no chances, and I also did the test and underwent quarantine for ten days.
“But as I said, it’s not an excuse for me not to meet the required fitness mark,” Foo added.
At age 30, Foo still has years of cricket in him, once he puts in the hard yards of work, his skill will coincide when he improves that fitness and he can show dominance as he did in the 2019 Super50. He said he is not seeing his age as an issue since some players in the current Guyana team are older than him.