National middle-order batsman Assad Fudadin believes the upcoming West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) NAGICO Super50 competition is Guyana’s best opportunity of winning their 10th One Day title.
Guyana’s last One Day title was achieved in 2005 when they defeated Barbados in near darkness in the final of the KFC Cup at the GCC ground, Bourda, but the local boys have not made a serious impact at this level since.
Prior to 2005, Guyana reigned supreme in 1980, 1983, 1985, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2003.
Fudadin said, however, he was confident that Guyana could pull off an upset in the January 30-February 15 tournament slated for Trinidad and Tobago.
“I have a gut feeling that we can win this tournament. We have the perfect combination for a long time,” the 28-year-old said. “It’s one of the strongest teams we’ve had in a while, all the senior players are here and are available, so we have a very good chance of winning this year’s tournament.”
The Guyanese side will face a tough campaign in Group A, as they have been pitted against ICC affiliate side Ireland, Jamaica and defending champions the Windward Islands.
Fudadin said that despite the big names, Guyana possesses the potential to defeat any opposition on the day.
“We have some quality players in the ranks and once they have a good day we could see positive results,” the Berbician said.
Fudadin, who represented the regional side in three Tests, admits that he is desperate to strengthen his One Day career during the upcoming tournament.
“I want to dominant this format of the game this year and that is my main aim,” Fudadin opined.
Meanwhile, the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC) left hander stated that preparations leading up to the tournament have been good, adding that the valuable preparation is vital for such tournament.
“All of us have been working hard and have been putting in a lot of extra work. On the fitness side everyone looks fit and ready to go,” Fudadin concluded.
The NAGICO Super50 competition features eight teams – Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Windward Islands, Leeward Islands, Combined Campuses and Colleges and ICC affiliate side Ireland.
The Chris Barnwell-led Guyana team will open its quest for honours against Ireland in a Zone A match on January 31. The Guyanese will then play the Windward Islands on February 4 before taking on Jamaica on February 8.
Guyana’s 14-man squad reads: Robin Bacchus, Trevon Griffith, Leon Johnson, Shivnarine Chanderpaul (vice-captain), Narsingh Deonarine, Christopher Barnwell (captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan, Royston Crandon, Assad Fudadin, Anthony Bramble (wicket keeper), Devendra Bishoo, Veerasammy Permaul, Ronsford Beaton and Paul Wintz.
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