West Indies batsman, Shimron Hetmyer has been included in the Guyana Jaguars 13-man squad that will play the fifth round of the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League (PCL) 4-Day championships against Windward Islands Volcanoes. The match will be played from Thursday February 13 at the Grenada National Stadium.
Hetmyer last featured in a Regional 4-Day match back in January 2019 where he scored 61 in his last innings. Ironically, Hetmyer played his last match at the First-class level for Jaguars against the same Volcanoes team, in a match played at Providence. The 23-year old Hetmyer, was left-out of the West Indies One Day International (ODI) squad that will play Sri Lanka from February 22.
Hetmyer has replaced his former West Indies U-19 team mate, Tevin Imlach in the Jaguars 13-man squad. This squad was released yesterday (Tuesday) morning by the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and the team had already departed on Monday last to Grenada. Jaguars, who have slipped into second position on the points table this season, are fresh from a seven-run defeat against Jamaica Scorpions.
In that fourth-round clash, Hetmyer had reportedly failed to turn up. In a Sportsmax article during last week, it was made evident that GCB Secretary Anand Sanasie disclosed that Hetmyer did not follow protocol associated with contracted players not on West Indies duties ahead of the game.
“Players who are not on West Indies duties but are contracted to the West Indies are supposed to report to their franchise,” GCB Secretary Anand Sanasie was reported as saying. “Since returning from West Indies duties he has not reported to the franchise for training … which automatically makes him unavailable,” said Sanasie.
CWI has earlier informed that Hetmyer will be retested shortly. During the Jaguars fourth round match, Hetmyer was seen going through some fitness drills with Jaguars physiotherapist, Neil Barry. Hetmyer has played 37 First-class matches, scoring 2073 runs at an average of 32.39. He has one century and 12 half-centuries under his belt, since making his First-class debut in April 2014 against Trinidad and Tobago.
Guyana Jaguars 13-man squad reads: Leon Johnson (captain), Vishaul Singh, Anthony Bramble, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Christopher Barnwell, Shimron Hetmyer, Raymon Reifer, Kevin Sinclair, Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo, Keon Joseph and Nial Smith.