GCB insists caps issued to debutants, but not ‘Baggy Green’
The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) has indicated that they did issue caps to new players prior to departure on Sunday for the first two rounds of the West Indies Four-Day Championship but clarified that it was not the usual ‘Baggy Green’ caps.
Reliable sources informed News Room Sport, that Guyana Harpy Eagles’ debutants, Matthew Nandu, Kemol Savory, and Shamar Joseph, were not officially presented with their First-Class caps on Wednesday morning, before the start of day one of their Regional Four-Day match against Barbados Pride at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua.
It is customary that debutants receive their caps ahead of play via a brief ceremony.
The source further indicated that while the Harpy Eagles could not furnish the new players with their official caps, Barbados Pride had for their three debutants.
The GCB in a press release stated, “It should be noted, there was a delay in the shipment of the uniforms and caps that were ordered for the tournament due to the unfortunate death of a close family member of the supplier and a subsequent delay in Miami.”
They further stated, “The GCB issued caps to all players (not the Baggy Green) prior to the team’s departure to Antigua. Additionally, the customary handing-over ceremony will be held during the lunch break. To suggest caps were not issued to the debutants is erroneous.”