By Indrawattie Natram
“I will make Guyana proud; I will stay focused and I will aim high,” were the sentiments of 16-year-old Parmesh Parsotam of Affiance, Essequibo Coast, after he
was selected to represent Guyana in the Regional Under-17 tournaments.
Parsotam, also called Rocky, during an interview with Guyana Times Sport expressed his excitement and satisfaction at being selected to represent his country, saying that “being selected is like a dream come true for me, although am brilliant academically I always dream of becoming a cricketer, my heart is for cricket.”
Love for cricket
The cricketer, who wrote the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination recently, said apart from his academics he always loved the sport.
“My love for cricket is unconditional; as a kid I always loved playing and fielding at the ball field. I am so happy to make Guyana Under-17 team.”
Recounting, Parsotam said he started to play friendly matches at different grounds on the Essequibo Coast at the age 10. He said in the evening he would join his friends at the playfield in Affiance for a game of cricket.
“Since I was a kid, I love to admire Sachin Tendukar: the way he holds the bat, the way he plays cricket and he is truly my role model”.
Parsotam who is the eldest child of his parents said he has a wealth of experience. His last game was at the Everest Cricket Club ground against Berbice. He pointed out that although his team lost the game he managed to keep the momentum and was able to score a fighting 40 batting through the innings.
Parsotam opined that due to his commitment and his determination during the last game, he was able to secure on the national team.
The 16-year-old said he is honoured to represent Essequibo and the Affiance Sports Club. The teenager revealed that his parents and members of the Affiance Sports Club gave him the encouragement he needed for the tournament and gave the assurance that he will excel.
In recognition of the teenager’s achievement, president of the Affiance Sports Club, Haimchandra (only name given) presented a package of sporting gear to the aspiring cricketer.
Haimchandra said that the club is very proud of Parsotam’s achievement and wished him well in the upcoming tournament. The president of the sport club said since the club was formed some decades ago it has managed to occupy youngsters occupied in the area meaningfully.
Haimchandra said that he had always admired Parsotam’s batting skills and encouraged him to keep batting. The president said he is confident that Parsotam will make Guyana proud, adding that members of the club wish him well on his trip.