WICB fine-tuning young batsmen/keepers By Imran Khan
Stabroek News
December 5, 2003

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Guyanese batsmen Sewnarine Chattergoon, Krishna Arjune, Ryan Ramdass and wicket-keeper Derwin Christian are currently in Antigua fine tuning their cricketing skills.

The West Indies Cricket Board Development Unit is running an intensive one week batting and wicket- keeping camp for young, promising players in the region. The camp which started on November 30th and ends on December 6th is being conducted in Antigua under the Chief Facilitator Jeffrey Dujon with assistance from a number of other coaches from across the region.

"The camp is an on-going WICB effort to improve the technical effectiveness of our players. We have done fast bowling and finger spinners camps and this one now completes the programme for this phase," said Dr Michael Seepersaud the Chief Cricket Development Officer.

The camp brings together fourteen batsmen and five wicket keepers from across the region who are working with Dujon, Rolston Otto (Antigua), Andre Coley (Jamaica), Ingleton Liburd (St Kitts) and David Williams(Trinidad & Tobago).

Dr Seepersaud, himself a Guyanese, said so far the facilitators have done video analysis and remedial drills and should be turning their attention to game sense before the conclusion on Saturday.

"The camp has been progressing nicely, I have had only positive feedback to date," the Chief Cricket development Officer noted.

Dr. Seepersaud was also keen to point out that his unit was very pleased with the work that the legendary Sir Gary Sobers put in over five days with Devon Smith, Narsingh Deonarine and Ryan Hinds. Not only did Sir Gary assist them on improving their techniques but he also provided mentorship for them during their stint in Barbados Dr Seepersaud explained.

"Our aim is to provide the opportunity to our young and emerging talent to develop, how they perform after that is entirely up to them," Dr Seepersaud said of his continued efforts to groom youngsters for the senior West Indies team.

The players engaged are: (Batsmen) Austin Richards (Antigua) Ryan Ramdass, Krishna Arjune and Sewnaine Chattergoon (Guyana), Brenton Parchment, Shawn Findlay Donovan Pagon and David Bernard Jr. (Jamaica), Steve Liburd and Shane Jeffers (St Kitts), Craig Emmanuel and Daren Sammy (St Lucia), Romel Currency (St Vincent) and Dwayne Bravo (Trinidad & Tobago); (Wicket-keepers) Marvin Noel (Grenada), Derwin Christian (Guyana), Chad-wick Walton (Jamaica), Gareth Matthew (St Kitts) and Denesh Ramdin (Trinidad & Tobago).