Why is Anthony Adams not in the Jaguars side for 2021?
– South Essequibo Cricket Committee demands to know
The South Essequibo Cricket Committee (SECC) has said it has noted the non-selection of Anthony Adams and other players from the county of Essequibo by the selectors and coaches of the Cricket Guyana Inc (CGI), Guyana Jaguars Franchise team, to participate in this year’s Regional 50-Over tournament.
The SECC has said it hereby demands an explanation for the non-selection of Adams by the Guyana Jaguars selectors, and is registering its displeasure and disappointment at this development, especially since it is happening at a time when Veerasammy Permaul, the leading left-arm spinner, is not available to participate in the tournament because he is on Cricket West Indies duty.
The SECC has said it believes this is the time Adams should have been given his opportunity at the Regional level, after his consistency over the last three years at the CGI franchise competition and academy.
The SECC therefore condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the treatment meted out to Adams over the years in relation to selection to the Jaguars team.
The SECC’s contention is that players such as Adams, Kemol Savory, and Ricardo Adams, all of whom are from the county of Essequibo and have done well over the years at the CGI franchise competitions, should be treated with respect, and be given fair opportunity to represent their country at the senior level.
“Undoubtedly, Anthony Adams fulfilled the selection criteria with his performances, which are a testimony for the Essequibo Franchise team to be crowned champions in the CGI 50 overs format competitions in 2018, and finished runners-up in 2019 under Adams’s captaincy.
“In the 2018 CGI 50-overs competition, Adams batted at number seven and scored a total of 187 runs, with two half centuries, and still managed to capture the award of most wickets, a total of 12 wickets and best of 4-26.
“In the 2019 CGI 50 overs competition, he finished with a total of 189 runs, again with two half-centuries, a best of 65, and captured 13 wickets with a best of 6-26.
“It must be noted that the Chairman of Selectors, who is also a former Assistant Coach of Guyana Jaguars, stated in the press, ‘The criterion is based on performances, you have fitness test involved and you have to consider potential players you can develop. Performances are big, but, as I said, fitness is just as big as performances.’
“However, SECC was reliably informed that there are players selected who have not passed the required fitness test, as the records are there to show. The SECC would therefore like to know on what grounds and which criteria were used to select those players.
“The Cinderella County is known to produce great cricketers, and therefore believe this was the right time where players like Adams, Savory, and Ricardo should have been part and parcel of the Guyana Jaguars team. The continuous non-selection of Adams and other Essequibo players cannot be accepted.
“The SECC is humbly calling on the selectors; coaches, especially Rayon Griffith, who hails from South Essequibo Coast, and by extension the CGI, for an explanation. The committee hereby requests the CGI to conduct a full review of its operations in the selection of players, so that it can represent a more unified team, one which the entire country can be proud of”, the SACC has said.