Record six for Guyana
--in first Test

Stabroek News
July 19, 2001

Guyana is enjoying rare dominant representation on the West Indies Test cricket team to oppose Zimbabwe today in the first game of the two-match series in Zimbabwe.

A record six Guyanese comprising captain Carl Hooper, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Reon King, Neil McGarrell and Colin Stuart comprise more than half of the 11-man lineup, for the first time ever in Guyana's cricket history.

The previous highest of five Guyanese in any Windies XI last played in the 1975/76 series in Australia when captain Clive Lloyd, Lance Gibbs, Roy Fredericks, Alvin Kallicharran and Leonard Baichan were included for the sixth Test at Melbourne.

The late unavailability of leg spinner Dinanath Ramnarine yesterday opened the door for McGarrell's inclusion, bringing the number to six as the others were certainties for places in the 11.

Having won the three-team limited overs competition which also involved India, Hooper's team will be confident of making a clean sweep of the tour by winning the Test series which opens today in Harare.

In the two team's last Test series clash West Indies won convincingly 2-0 in the Caribbean last year. Only King of the current six Guyanese, played in that series.