By Avenash Ramzan
With the title already secured, Professional Cricket League Four-day champions Guyana Jaguars will look to end their campaign on a high this weekend when they take on Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the National Stadium, Providence, starting on Friday.
Leon Johnson’s men have their hands firmly placed on the trophy, copping it for the third year in succession with a game to spare. Even if they do not gain a point from this encounter against the Hurricanes, the Jaguars will still be crowned champions.
But one doubts the Jaguars will let up, especially with players having the luxury of padding their individual records. The Jaguars have retained newcomer Bhaskar Yadram from the last round, and included left-arm spinner Anthony Adams, who gains a maiden senior call-up for Guyana.
West Indies A team players, Raymon Reifer and Keon Joseph, have returned after missing the last game, while the Jaguars will be without Vishaul Singh and Shimron Hetmyer, who have been drafted into the West Indies squad for the first Test against Pakistan, starting on Friday in Jamaica.
The fact the Jaguars have not tinkered much with the combination of players, opting for more experience than youth, is an indication that the home team is looking to finish the tournament on a high.
Hurricanes are bottom of the table, and will need their best performance this season if they want to beat the reigning champions. Action will bowl off at 10:00h each day, and admission to the National Stadium is free.
The Jaguars squad reads: Assad Fudadin, Rajendra Chandrika, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Leon Johnson, Bhaskar Yadram, Keemo Paul, Anthony Bramble, Raymon Reifer, Veerasammy Permaul, Gudakesh Motie, Keon Joseph, Steven Jacobs and Anthony Adams.