EXCLUSIVE: Foo disappointed and hurt, but committed to working hard – Guyana Times
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By Brandon Corlette
Take a moment and imagine you’ve scored the second highest aggregate for your team in the last Super50 Regional tournament, and for the following tournament, you’ll be dropped from the squad, not even listed on the stand-by . Pain, that’s the feeling that comes into someone’s imagination.
After scoring 334 runs from eight games at an average of 55.66 with a high score of 97 in the last Super50 for Guyana Jaguars, Jonathan Foo has found himself out of the team for next month’s Super50 in Antigua. Foo’s position is a fragile one. he and others who made the 15-man squad unfit were described by the selectmen. But Foo was omitted and others made the cut. In an exclusive interview with this publication, the 30-year-old Foo said he was disappointed and hurt about this shortcoming, but would remain focused and aiming to work hard on his fitness to return to the National side. “To be honest, I’m really disappointed and hurt. A reason for my omission was the selectors calling me unfit. I failed to reach the benchmark set, but I wasn’t the only one who didn’t, but of course it doesn’t excuse me from being unsuitable too, ”Foo revealed.
Not every sports journalist in the country can boast the luxury of attending the recent Guyana Jaguars fitness test in Leonora, followed by the three practice matches and game simulations at La Bonne Intention (LBI). Fortunately, I was there, and witnessed the Jaguars players in action firsthand. Foo says he is still highly motivated and fully committed and available to all cricketers, once given that opportunity. “Once I have that opportunity to represent my country, I will try my best to do what is required at that time, and make myself available for every given situation,” noted the Club man Albion Community Center Cricket. Reflecting on his 2019 season with the Guyana Jaguars, Foo described his time as a decent one. “I’m still hurt. I had sleepless nights when I failed to finish two games that would have got us a step closer to the championship. I think maybe he should have reassured me over this year’s selection, but as the chairman of the selectors mentioned, fitness is just as important as performance, ”explained Foo. The year 2020 has been a strange year for many. Foo didn’t play much cricket after his 2019 Super50 Regional season and is not a contracted Jaguars player. During the practice games, Foo looked dangerous with the bat. Prior to the fitness assessment, Foo encountered a major obstacle. “I had a major obstacle leading up to the fitness assessment. Romario Shepherd tested positive for COVID-19. the whole set of players who were training with him had to undergo the tests, and I was also training with one of the guys who went in that training. I took no chances, and I also did the test and was quarantined for ten days. “But as I said, it doesn’t excuse me from reaching the required fitness mark,” added Foo. At the age of 30, Foo still has years of cricket in him, once he puts in the work hard yards, his skill will coincide when he improves that fitness and can show dominance as he did in Super50 2019. He said he doesn’t see his age as a problem as some players in Guyana’s current team are older than him.