By Ravendra Madholall in Toronto
His self-confidence is very high as he aspires to play back for his native country Guyana at the 2014 West Indies Cricket Board regional limited-over and four-day tournaments.
Right-arm quickie Jeremy Gordon is passionate about the move and has begun assiduous preparation to make it a reality again.
Currently representing Canada at the 2013 ICC World Cup Qualifiers in Dubai but the Berbician stated just before his departure as soon as he returns to North America early December, he will be heading down to Guyana to vie for a spot on the national team.
The selection of the Guyana squad will be based on player’s inter-county participation and the 26-year-old Gordon is fully aware of the mandate and he is ready to link up with Guyana National Industrial Corporation’s first-division team in Georgetown.
Gordon played four first-class matches for Guyana before his migration in 2006 to Canada while he represented the country at the under-19 level and also being a reserved player for West Indies youth side late 2006.
Notably, he said he has the desire to represent both countries simultaneously and is very enthusiastic to be an asset for them with his bowling prowess. He further emphasised the importance of consistency but he is cognizant of the fact that wickets will be the key to his successful endeavours.
Since his arrival in Canada, Gordon began playing professionally. He was a member of Vikings Cricket Club before he switched across to Brampton Masters Cricket Club, the 2012 Elite champion.
His recent success for Canada in the four-day version immediately prompted the lively bowler to contemplate on the opportunity and according to him, he spoke to executives of the club and county board back home about his profound interest.
“I want to play back for Guyana at the senior level next year; I have given up my job and started to focus on my game; I [am] heading to Dubai to represent Canada in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers and I am indeed confident we will be advancing to the World Cup next year to take part in the huge event,” Gordon indicated.
He picked up an eight-wicket haul against the visiting Netherlands at King City while he has been a consistent performer for Canada since he made his debut in 2011 ironically in the Caribbean at the T20 tournament.
The young talented bowler always feels that hard work and commitment are two essential ingredients to be a successful athlete. He has developed a good work ethic and wants to remain physically and mentally fit for these high-level competitions.
“I think I can do it for both Canada and Guyana; I am always willing to learn more and more about bowling and once you stay fit I think you can give 100 percent on the field; I had success for Guyana and now Canada and that has given me the confidence to make an impression in North America and the Caribbean.
At the moment, Gordon also harbours a test claim since he will be having an ample opportunity to break into the West Indies side once he is given the chance to play for Guyana at the first-class level.
Before he moved across to Canada permanently, Gordon played first-division cricket for Bermine Sports Club in Berbice with tremendous success and there his talent was spotted.
Meanwhile, some of the Guyanese who played first-class and regional youth cricket and then represented Canada on the international scene are Fazil Sattaur, Sunil Dhaniram, Eon Katchay, Nicolas Degroot, Hemnarine Chattergoon, and Damodar Daesrath among a few others.
The Guyana Cricket Board annual inter-county competition is expected to commence shortly.