September 27, 2016

“An honour and privilege to be back with the Warriors”

– Steven Jacobs relishes opportunity to represent homeland in CPL 4

By Avenash Ramzan

There is no better feeling than representing your country of birth. That’s the contention of Guyanese al-rounder Steven Jacobs, who will turn out for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (Hero CPL) later this year.

Steven Jacobs celebrates a wicket during the first edition of the CPL in 2013

Steven Jacobs celebrates a wicket during the first edition of the CPL in 2013

It is the third time that Jacobs has been snapped up by the franchise. After appearing for the South American nation in 2013 and 2014, the Malteenoes Sports Club off-spinner and lower-order batsman went unsold last year.

At the Player Draft earlier this year in Barbados, the 27-year-old Jacobs was bought in Round 14 by the Guyana Amazon Warriors at a value of US$5,000.

“I think it’s an honour and privilege to be back with the Guyana Amazon Warriors after playing two years with them,” he told this publication during an exclusive interview on Wednesday. “It’s always nice to be home and represent your nation so I just want to thank selectors, the manager, the coach and the owner for picking me.”

The presence of mystery spinner Sunil Narine in the Guyana Amazon Warriors set-up created little opportunities for Jacobs during the first two years, as he appeared in a total of just six games. In 2013, he was impressive in three games, picking up four wickets and even bowling a maiden.

Those wickets came at an average of 12.3, and an economy rate of 5.4. In 2014, his three games yielded just a solitary wicket.

“Well I was playing in the team as a spinner and then you had someone like Sunil Narine, who played in the XI most times and I had to sit out. But even though they were a few [games] I tried to make use of them,” Jacobs outlined.

With Narine now switching allegiance to home franchise Trinbago Knight Riders, Jacobs is looking forward to a longer run in the middle at CPL 4. “Yes, it presents an opportunity for me to step up and showcase my talent,” he reckoned.

Commenting on the Guyana Amazon Warriors chances in the six-week tournament, Jacobs said cricket is played on the day, and once the players stick to the basics, the results can be positive.

He also believes that with a plethora of Caribbean players in the line-up, familiarity to condition could be a plus for the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

“I think we have a balanced team, we have a lot of regional players, which could actually be a plus for us because we know the conditions here, and I think that will work to our advantage,” Jacobs pointed out.
He continued, “You know how cricket is played…you can have the big players, but cricket is played on the day and once we apply the basics and do what’s necessary to win the games I think we can come out victorious in the whole tournament.”

Meanwhile, the dread-locked Jacobs feels the Hero CPL is a positive thing for the Caribbean, not just for the development of the game, but also the cricket-loving populace.

“With T20 cricket in the Caribbean this is something that the people of the Caribbean love- they come out and they enjoy it- and we the players do it not just for a living, but also for the people…because when you can go on the field and people are shouting and screaming for you it always gives you that extra energy and boost to perform,” he explained.

“So I think it’s good for the Caribbean because you see some good players coming through and you get to rub shoulders with some of the best international players and gain valuable experience.” (aramzan@guyanatimesgy.com)

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