EIGHT Guyanese cricketers have been included in two separate squads announced yesterday by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for the ‘A’ team tour of Sri Lanka next month.Vishaul SinghWest Indies will play three four-day games and three one-day games on the tour which runs from October 1 to November 1.Five Guyanese: Opening batsman Rajendra Chandrika, middle-order batsman Vishaul Singh, winning Under-19 World Cup captain Shimron Hetmyer, left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie and fast bowler Keon Joseph have been named in the 14-man first-class squad, while three others, Assad Fudadin and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul along with fast bowler Ronsford Beaton were included in the 14-man List-A squad.Former Guyana fast bowler and current chairman of senior selectors, Rayon Griffith, has been appointed assistant coach.Barbadian Shamarh Brooks will lead the First-class squad, which includes batsman Kieran Powell, who last played international cricket in 2014.Fast bowler Delorn Johnson and leg-spinner Damion Jacobs are the only two players to feature in both squads.Windies A four-day squad: Shamarh Brooks (capt.), Vishaul Singh (vice-capt.), Rajendra Chandrika, Kieran Powell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Jahmar Hamilton, Damion Jacobs, Rahkeem Cornwall, Gudakesh Motie, Kemar Roach, Keon Joseph, Delorn Johnson and Reynard Leveridge.Winddies A one-day squad: Jason Mohammed (capt.), Andre Fletcher (vice-capt), Rovman Powell, Kyle Hope, Chadwick Walton, Andre McCarthy, Assad Fudadin, Veerasammy Permaul, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Damion Jacobs, Delorn Johnson, Ronsford Beaton, Kesrick Williams and Kyle Mayers.The management team reads: Dwain Gill (manager), Graeme West (coach), Rayon Griffith (assistant coach), Vernon K A Williams (physiotherapist), Dinesh Mahabir (Data Analyst) and Zephyrinus Nicholas (Strength and Conditioning Trainer).ScheduleOctober 4-7: 1st 4-day – R Premadasa International Cricket StadiumOctober 11-14: 2nd 4-day – Pallekele International Cricket StadiumOctober 18-21 3rd 4-day – Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket StadiumOctober 24: 1st One-day Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket StadiumOctober 27: 2nd One-day Kurunegala Welegedera Cricket StadiumOctober 30: 3rd One-day R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium
LGE 2018Chairman of the A Partnership for National Unity coalition (APNU), President David Granger, has confirmed that discussions are ongoing with coalition partners as they prepare to campaign and contest the constitutionally due Local Government Elections (LGE) which are slated for year-end.The five parties include the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Justice For All Party (JFAP), Guyana Action Party (GAP), and the National Front Alliance (NFA).“As you know, I belong to a five-party partnership. The (Alliance For Change) AFCAPNU Chairman David Grangeris one party in the coalition but I have to consult with my five parties and that consultation process has started,” he said.The Head of State explained that the APNU has not reengaged the AFC as yet but they are aware of the comments that are being made in the media of working together for the LGE.“And we are still consulting with our partners to ensure that we come up with a way forward. “What I’m happy to say is all six partners are committed to coalition politics and this is the face we will present to the electorate at Local Government Elections later this year. So that is our objective and it is just a matter of working out the modalities,” he added.The President has also confirmed receiving a letter from the AFC, which speaks to the elections. This comes against the backdrop of recent comments made by AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan, who said on April 5 that the party has decided to contest the election under one ticket.“We have made a decision that we are going as a coalition. We have to thrash out a number of issues preferably in relation to candidacy candidates, and number of other things,” he told the press, while noting that the AFC has noticed some unfortunate development in the Georgetown municipality.Ramjattan was referring to the attitude of APNU Councillors, including Town Clerk Royston King towards AFC members, which he claimed is “bothering us.” The AFC Chairman indicated that statements in this regard have been made and will be officially raised through communication with APNU officials.In mid-January, Trotman had announced the possibility of the party breaking away from the APNU for this year’s elections. The AFC leader went as far as to reveal that there was a strong opinion of body within the party that the AFC should go alone, which may have been prompted over delays with reviewing the Cummingsburg Accord.The AFC has, of recent, come under fire for the perceived submissive role it played when it joined forces with APNU. In 2017 top leadership of the AFC had decided to revise its governing agreement with APNU.Days later, General Secretary of the People’s National Congress (PNC), the leading party in the APNU coalition, Amna Ally, said the APNU is prepared to contest the LGE without the AFC. However, the President had hinted that contesting LGE as a coalition would have been the best option.Meanwhile, despite several infightings among coalition members, especially at the level of the City Council, Ramjattan sought to defend both parties when he was asked to comment on the issue. He claimed that the relationship particularly at the Central Government level is cordial. “We have tremendously cordial relationship at that highest level. I have a very good relationship with President Granger and his entire team and it’s not reflective of any kind of relationship at the bottom there as had happened in the municipality,” he explained to the media. The Minister admitted that the AFC’s Opposition to the controversial parking meter project might have resulted in APNU controlling both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor positions. Only recently, the PNC-dominated Council voted to replace AFC member Lionel Jaikarran as Deputy Mayor.