West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer has been named in a strong Berbice squad to play in the Guyana Cricket Board’s senior inter-county matches in Georgetown on Monday, October 10.
The left-hander was scheduled to play in the two-match T20 series against Australia and the upcoming T20 World Cup, but missed out after missing his scheduled flight. Due to a family matter, he rescheduled his trip to Australia and was rebooked through Guyana on October 03, but his Agent informed that Hetmyer would not be able to arrive at the airport on time.
The CWI said in a statement that the selection committee unanimously decided to name Brooks as his replacement and he will be sent to Australia as soon as possible.
“This afternoon we informed the CWI Board of Directors that the Selection Panel had unanimously decided to replace Shimron Hetmyer with Shamarh Brooks in our T20 World Cup squad.”
“Whilst we changed Shimron’s flight from Saturday to Monday due to family reasons, it was made clear to him that if there were any further delays and issues with his travel to Australia then we would have no choice but to replace him in the squad, as we are not prepared to compromise the team’s ability to prepare for this extremely important global event.”
The tournament will feature the three state teams of Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo, with the Guyana Cricket Board President’s XI and Hetmyer playing in the tournament which will be held after five years.
The tournament will be played in three rounds (October 10, 12 and 14) and the final will be held on October 16 at the Georgetown Cricket Club Ground, Borda. The much-anticipated return of the Male Senior Inter-county after an absence of more than five years takes place on Monday 10 October with the first match Berbice taking on Demerara at Bourda and the second match on the same day Essequibo taking on the GCB President’s XI at Everest.
Weerasamy Parmaul will lead a strong Berbice side that includes West Indies left-hander Shimron Hetmyer, all-rounder Romario Shepherd, left-arm spinner Gudakesh Moti and off-spinner Kevin Sinclair.
Demerara has named a strong squad led by Guyana Harpy Eagles captain, Leon Johnson with a very strong batting line-up on paper as most of the batsmen have regional experience.
Discarded West Indies opener Chanderpaul Hemraj, fellow opener and in-form batsman Tagenarine Chanderpaul, CWI Four-day Championship, talented batsman Tevin Imlach, Christopher Barnwell left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd, leg-spinner Steven Sankar, off-spinner Richie Looknauth, Ronaldo Ali-Mohamed and seamer Qumar Torrington.
Essequibo will be led by experienced left-arm spinner Antony Adams, who is a member of this year’s Guyana Harpy Eagles team. West Indies pacer Keemo, Ronsford Beaton, ace wicketkeeper/batsman Kemol Savory, Kevon Boodie, and left-arm batsman Ricardo Adams are in the squad.
The GCB President’s XI is led by aggressive and experienced opener Trevon Griffith. Matthew Nandu, Marvendra Dindyal, Garfield Benjamin, all-rounder Kwesi Mickle, wicketkeeper/batsman Ricardo Peters, standby Shamar Joseph, Jonathan Rampersod, off-spinner Kwesi Mickle, left-arm spinners Akini Adams, fast bowler Raj Nannan and Joshua Jones is included in the team.