― Matthew Nandu, Gordon, Heyliger among Guyanese selected
By Brandon Corlette
Guyanese duo, Keemo Paul and Sherfane Rutherford, were selected for the 2019 Global T20 (GT20) Canada that will commence from July 25 to August 11. On the player’s draft that commenced yesterday Thursday June 20, 2019, Rutherford was picked up in the sixth round by the Edmonton Royals while Paul was snapped up by Montreal Tigers in the eighth round.
Meanwhile, Guyana Under-17 selectee, Matthew Nandu, the son of former Guyana leg-spinner, Arjune Nandu has been selected in round 19 of the draft by defending champions, Vancouver Knights. The Guyanese Nationals, Jeremy Gordon and Dillon Heyliger who are now playing their cricket in Canada, were selected for Toronto Nationals and Montreal Tigers respectively.
In Rutherford’s team, his team mates are Kane Williamson, Faf Du Plessis, James Neesham, Ben Cutting and his Guyana Amazon Warriors team mate, Shadab Khan. Paul’s team mates are Sunil Narine, George Bailey and Thisara Perera among others. Although the price tags were not revealed for all the players, the marquee players of each team were the top purchases. The first two marquee players form the respective teams may have earned some USD 100,000 while the third player may have earned USD 90,000.
The likes of Caribbean starts, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy are marquee players for their respective teams. Meanwhile, the sixth round International buys earn some USD 25,000 and round seven players earned some USD15,000 dollars. The round eight ICC Associate player, Sandeep Lamichhane, earned USD 60, 000 for Toronto Nationals.
The full squad reads:
Darren Sammy, Shakib Al Hassan, Colin Munro, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Lendl Simmons, Andre Fletcher, Babar Hayat, George Munsey, Rohan Mustafa, Zahoor Khan, Timil Patel, Nitish Kumar, Abraash Khan, Armaan Kapoor, Faisal Jamkhandi and Nawab Singh.
Chris Lynn, Dwayne Bravo, JP Duminy, Dwayne Smith, Umar Akmal, Rayad Emrit, Najibullah Zadran, Paul Van Meekeren, Sompal Kami, Rameez Shahzad, Shaiman Anwar, Sunny Sohail, Hamza Tariq, Kaleem Sana, Umair Ghani, Romesh Eranga and Varun Sehdev.
Chris Gayle, Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell, Tim Southee, Rassie Van Der Dussen, Chadwick Walton, Daniel Sams, Hayden Walsh Johannes Smith, Tobias Visee, Michael Rippon, Ali Khan, Saad Bin Zafar, Rizwan Cheema, Rayyan Pathan, Harsh Thaker and Matthew Nandu.
Kane Williamson, Faf Du Plessis, Ben Cutting, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Sherfane Rutherford, James Neesham, Safyaan Sharif, Anshuman Rath, Richie, Berrington, Ehsan Nawaz, Kyle Phil, Davy Jacobs, Navneet Dhindsa, Akash Gill and Shahid Ahmadzai.
Brendon Mc Cullum, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult, Heinrich Klaasen, Manpreet Singh Gony, Chris Green, Sandeep Lamichhane, Calum Macleod, Chirag Suri, Ghulam Shabbeer, Jasdeep Singh, Jeremy Gordon, Ravinder Pal Singh, Salman Nazar, Mark Montfort and Rodrigo Thomas.
George Bailey, Sunil Narine, Thisara Perera, Fawad Ahmed, Isuru Udana, Niroshan Dickwella, Keemo Paul, Mohammad Naveed, Kyle Coetzer, Matthew Cross, Nizakat Khan, Steven Taylor, Dillon Heyliger, Nikhil Dutta, Bupinder Singh, Arslan Khan and Yax Patel.