McGarrell:It seems like the end of the road for me
Stabroek News
February 15, 2007

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Guyana all-rounder Neil McGarrell has said it looks as if it's the end of the road, as far as his career with the national team is concerned.

McGarrell, who is currently in Trinidad playing professional cricket, said he remains puzzled as to why he has been overlooked by the Guyana selectors for the current regional season.

"None of the selectors have been in touch with me and I read somewhere, where they said that I was injured. I was not injured and as a matter of fact, very fit and ready for cricket.

"The fact that they have failed to contact me, tells me that they are over with me and my career with the Guyanese national team is over.

"I am however, holding my hand on retiring from regional cricket to see what's the next move.

In the meantime, I would be looking to give back to the sport in terms of helping out the youths I come into contact with, whether it is in Guyana, or my second home, Trinidad."

McGarrell plays for the Georgetown Cricket Club in Guyana and the Merry Boys Cricket team in Trinidad. The 34-year-old has played four Test matches for the West Indies scoring 61 runs and taking 17 wickets.

In one-day cricket, he has appeared for the regional team on 17 occasions scoring 60 runs and taking 15 wickets.

In first class matches he has played 84 matches scoring 2127 runs and taking 276 wickets.

Meanwhile, McGarrell, speaking about his stint with Merry Boys in Trinidad said he was very happy with the opportunity given to him to play outside Guyana and thinks his time in Trinidad helped him develop into a much better cricketer.

"I am very grateful for the opportunity given to me to play cricket in Trinidad. Ever since coming to Trinidad for cricket, I have embraced the culture and have fitted in very well in Trinidad.

"It is a great opportunity for any player from Guyana to play in the leagues in Trinidad because the standard is very good and the player will gain in terms of development.

"Just the fact of playing away from home will help the player because in terms of discipline it has to be at its best.

There are a lot of players from Guyana in Trinidad taking part in the league and benefiting not only financially."

Currently there are over twenty players from Guyana campaigning in the Carib Sunday league and the Carib National league divisions I and II.

There are also players competing at the Zonal level and one club in the North Zone, called Sweet Revenge has five players from Guyana on board.