Player Feature : Ravindranauth Seeram, a player and coach.

Ravindranauth Seeram was born on 20th July 1961,in the village of Cornelia Ida on the bigmanWest Coast of Demerara . After some good performances in  the local competitions, he was called up for Guyana under 19s in 1979 and West Indies under 19s in 1980 and performed admirably with a batting average of 50.11 from 6 games with a highest score of 186.Following his regional youth success he made his first class debut in 1982 as an opening batsman for Demerara against Berbice, at Albion scoring 17 and 19* against a Berbice attack which included Leslaine Lambert and Ray Joseph. Two years later he made his debut for Guyana, again as an opening batsman, against Jamaica at Sabina Park in Jamaica scoring 37 in the 1st innings.

Seeram enjoyed considerable success in regional cricket as a batsman high up in the order at a time when West Indies fast bowlers were still dominant in world cricket. His classy style meant his batting was a treat to watch. His first century for Guyana came in his second regional season (1985) when he scored 100 not out against the Windwards at Arnos Vale in St Vincent – a match that Guyana won on first innings . Due to his consistency and apparent class ,Seeram was selected for the West Indies Presidents XI to face the touring New Zealand in 1985 and hit a top score of 75 in the first innings. His second ton came in 1988 when he scored 119 against the Windwards  at Albion in Guyana. In a First Class career that spanned  8 years from 1984 to 1992 , Seeram tallied up 1997 runs from 41 matches with 3 centuries and 12 half centuries at a healthy average of 35.

In November 2008 Seeram’s roles as coach of the West Demerara Cricket Association and a selector on the Demerara Cricket Board ended. As a  Level 1 coach he replaced Albert Smith as the Guyana national cricket coach in the middle of 2009. Under his charge the Guyana team won the 2010 West Indies T20 tournament and qualified for the 2010 Champions League tournament in South Africa, after outstanding performances from Jonathan Foo rescued Guyana from defeat on several occasions. Not much went well for the Guyana team since then. The team made its lowest ever scores in List A and T20 cricket in consecutive regional tournaments by January of 2011.

Seeram paid the penalty for the team’s failures, supposedly because of poor playing tactics. At a time when cricket administration in Guyana was at its worst, however, it could be argued that Seeram was a victim of circumstances. In December 2011 Seeram was re-appointed national coach shortly before the 2012 regional Twenty20 tournament, But that stint was short lived , as he was replaced soon after that season.

Ravindranauth Seeram still appears for Cornelia Ida in club competition to date , functioning as coach/player and mentor for the number of talented youth players he has groomed over the years.

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