After a dismal showing by the national cricket team which ended the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Four-day Tournament in last place with 29 points after losing five consecutive matches, Stabroek Sport asked the man-in-the-street what they thought of the team’s performance and the general state of cricket in Guyana.
Pavel Benn, former National Rugby/Hockey player: `I think the coaches and selection panel needs to be changed and we also need to get rid of the politics. People like Roger Harper and Monty Lynch should play a bigger role in cricket and help the players because our batsmen have been batting for hours and not scoring.’
Dexter Patterson: `I think this is one of the poorest performances since I’ve been following cricket. It’s part of our culture since the glory days and right now we have current and former West Indies players in the team and we are still doing badly, something has to be done. It’s embarrassing.’
Andre Legall: `The standard of cricket drop over the past 10 years, we have lots of grounds and games are not being played enough in the country. When I used to play cricket it was fun, now we play two-day cricket and we don’t have enough time to play properly. Another thing is that players are making runs and not being selected and we need to change that.’
Kiddo: `Poor! My whole life of following cricket this is the worst! Players like Chattergoon, Deonarine and Barnwell disappointed us in the four-day cricket. I just think the entire tournament was poor.’
Chris Bowman, Youth Basketball Guyana Co-director: `Guyana Cricketers not preparing properly. I think the persons responsible need to look into the preparation and they need to look at it before and after the tournaments.’
Robert Arjune: `It’s pathetic. As a little boy growing up Bourda was filled. I passed by the stadium recently and saw only three vehicles; it’s an indication of the state of cricket administration who need to take the blame. Politics and the state of the pitches is another thing we need to look at.’