Emergence Most Welcome In Ahmad Series
By Orin Davidson
As the cricket season winds down this year, it is with some measure
of relief the premier New York competition did not end in another
The Ed Ahmad Caribbean Cup has landed in Guyana’s hands with
more regularity than the scripted Steve Massiah century that unfolds
whenever the United States faces foreign opposition.
Pakistan came into its own this year to shake up the establishment
with its two runner-up placings, in a gratifying development.
In defeating Guyana in the 50 overs a side series semi-finals, Pakistan
maintained high interest in the competition by emphatically stating
that Guyana cannot afford to allow complacency to get in the way of
Although the defending champions were missing a number of their core
players including Massiah and Lennox Cush, they were still expected
to roll over, the pretenders to the crown.
The result is now history.
Guyana were knocked off their pedestal and had to be content the lesser
of the two prizes from the inaugural 20 overs competition.
Much kudos is in order for the S&A Sports Store which almost overnight
transformed a struggling Pakistan team from 2005 into contenders this
year with its support for the team.
They maintained the country’s rich tradition for the sport and
in the process averted a monopoly that was developing through Guyana’s
dominance in the past.
It is a pity a similar transformation cannot be had for the India
team which has failed to impact since contesting the 2003 series.
Like Guyana, Trinidad and the other West Indian islands, many players
of Indian origin are scattered around the city and it is surprising
a benefactor has not emerged to organize and fund them into a strong
unit, in the manner of S&A Sports is doing for Pakistan.
Trinidad seems to be making a determined effort to match Guyana in
commitment if one is to judge from the number of players they fly
in from the West Indies every year.
That is also very commendable.
It makes for a bigger and better Ahmad series every succeeding year.
Hopefully the Barbados and Jamaica authorities can follow suit with
New York Under-19s
Within two weeks New York’s Under-19 team will be going for
its second straight title in the National Junior competition in Fort
From all appearances the squad seems to be gelling into a well oiled
unit under the eyes of coach Linden Fraser and manager Rudy Persaud.
But more importantly, the squad is getting the best chance to succeed
because no effort was spared to have the very best players selected.
This is very encouraging indeed.
Coach Fraser has been given it seems, a free hand in coming up with
the perfect balance.
In so doing the New York Region must be commended for doing the right
thing as Fraser knows the players better than anyone out there.
An example of Fraser’s objectivity, is the selection of Barbadian
Dwayne Smith, who was snapped up while merely spending time in the
Big Apple, without any hurdles of bias being erected to smother the
It is a pity the same machinery is not in place for the handling of
the senior squad.
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