By Ravendra Madholall in Toronto
Hemnarine Chattergoon, a former Guyana and West Indies youth player has thrown his support behind his countrymen to lift the regional Super50 trophy on this occasion.
Guyana Jaguars are set to contest the upcoming six-team tournament which begins on Sunday to February 27 in Antigua and Barbuda.
Chattergoon, a stylist right-handed batsman and the elder sibling of ex-West Indies opening batsman Sewnarine Chattergoon, believes once Jaguars can ‘roar’ in every department of their game, they could end the drought of not hoisting the coveted trophy for 15 straight years now.
“I think they can be the victorious team in Antigua and Barbuda, they just have to play positive cricket throughout the tournament,” Chattergoon, who also represented his adopted country Canada at the highest level, mentioned.
On Sunday when the action bowls off, home team Leeward Islands Hurricanes will tackle Windward Islands Volcanoes while the following day, the Jaguars will begin their quest for supremacy colliding with arch-rivals Barbados Pride.
“Obviously, every team will be taking part to win the competition but I [am] confident the Guyanese are strong enough to be the championship side,” the 43-year-old Chattergoon related.
Discarded West Indies batsman Leon Johnson is at the helm and he will have several seasoned campaigners at his disposal. West Indies’ exciting batsman Shimron Hetmyer is the vice-captain and highly expected to churn out substantial scores.
Meanwhile, Chattergoon also took the opportunity to express disappointment of flamboyant batsman, Jonathan Foo, not included in the Guyana Jaguars team for this year’s tournament.
According to Chattergoon whose two younger brothers Ramnarine and Harrienarine also played for Guyana at the youth level, Foo should have been an automatic choice, especially for this version.
He thinks that his fellow Berbician Foo has the right temperament for the limited-over format and with his experience, he could have been an asset in Antigua.