Several Guyanese cricketers pay tributes to former Canada Cricket Manager Bajun
Former manager of Canada cricket team Johnny Bajun passed away last week in Trinidad and Tobago in a vehicular accident.
The Canadian-based Trinidadian, who was on a business trip in his native country, died as a result of serious head injuries, according to reports.
He was age 48.
Bajun, who was a co-owner of Brampton Masters Cricket Club in the Toronto and District Cricket Association Elite and Premier League tournaments over the years, also managed Canada cricket team on various International Cricket Council competitions in Canada and further afield.
Having learnt about his horrific demise, several Guyanese cricketers who played professionally for his club have expressed profound shock and sadness.
Current Brampton Masters opener and former vice-captain Looknauth Ramsuchit stated that he was in disbelief after the distressing news broke out.
“He was a great leader and a gentle individual; there is nothing negative about Johnny and may his soul rest in peace,” Ramsuchit mentioned.
According, Ramsuchit, Johnny was very helpful in all aspects of life not only cricket but his dedication and commitment to the game was certainly admirable.
“He will definitely be missed for his support; he was everyone’s father when it comes to Brampton Masters and now knowing that he is dead is very saddening,” a grieving and Berbician Ramsuchit declared.
Bujan owned an Employment Agency which is located in Brampton, approximately one-hour constant drive north from the world-known Toronto City.
The cricket fanatic Bujan migrated to Canada from Trinidad and Tobago 25 years ago but began a business endeavour in the twin-island republic recently.
He left to mourn his Canadian-based Guyanese wife Sunita and two children, Joshua (18) and Chelsea (12).
Apart from Ramchuchit, ex-Guyana captain and Canada batsman Damodar Daesrath also echoed similar sentiments and felt that Bujan departed this planet too soon.
“Forever in our hearts, boss! Rest in peace Johnny,” Deasrath related.
Keith Deonarine, a very close friend with Bujan, toured with Canada team and worked as a technical analyst, also shared his feelings. “I am heartbroken! There aren’t words to express my sadness; in the short six years I knew Johnny, our relationship extended beyond cricket, beyond all the tours; you were a big brother to me and you were a selfless person,” the Canadian-based Guyanese Deonarine commented.
Brampton Masters won the Elite tournament in 2012 and 2013 but relinquished the trophy to Centurions Cricket Club the following year. They bounced back in 2015 to lift the championship under Canada’s versatile all-rounder Rizwan Cheema.
Krishna Arjune, who represented Guyana in over 40 first-class matches, turned out for Brampton Masters last year and without hesitation, expressed his sadness of Bujan’s death.
Arjune stated that he was a great man and never saw any degree of resentment from Bujan during his debut stint with the club yesteryear.
Derwain Christian, who featured in Brampton Masters’ colours, also expressed his shocking surprise.
“I can’t believe you are gone from us Johnny…. Words cannot express my true feelings at this time. You were one of the most caring and kind hearted persons I have had the pleasure of knowing on and off the field. Thank you Johnny for everything you have done for me,” the former West Indies and Guyana wicketkeeper divulged.
Royston Crandon, who represented West Indies in one-day international, also featured for the team at the Elite level. The Guyanese Crandon played a pivotal role in the team’s success last year to top the points table after the preliminary round. Crandon is unbelievable since hearing of the death.
As a manager for Canada cricket team, Bujan started off in 2010 at the Americans limited-over tournament until 2014 when he called it owing to personal reasons.
He toured with the team several times at World Cup Qualifiers including the last one in New Zealand in 2014/2015.
Meanwhile, funeral arrangements are currently in progress with the body already back in Toronto.