Permaul up to task

shadiasimpson, shadiasimpson@nationnews.com

Added 10 November 2012

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DHAKA – Veerasammy Permaul said he felt little pressure following in the footsteps of the two young spinners who preceded him into the West Indies team for the current tour of Bangladesh. The left-arm spinner from Guyana is mindful  of the early performances of leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and off-spinner Sunil Narine who were both voted the International Cricket Council Emerging  Player of the Year  in the last two years. “I do not really feel any pressure because of what Bishoo and Narine  have done,’ Permaul told WICB Media yesterday. “At the end of the day, performance counts, so all I have to do is grab my opportunity, go out there and perform.” Permaul said he had settled into the team preparing for the two-Test series which starts Tuesday at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium here. The Guyanese said  he recognized he would  be judged by his performances and this  was his motivation. “First of all, I want to get into the final 11, and from there, see how things work for me and perform to the best of my ability,” he said. Permaul has played  45 first-class matches since his debut five years ago, snaring 152 wickets at 24.59 apiece. The 23-year-old led the West Indies “A” Team to a memorable victory against India “A” earlier this year in the Caribbean and visited Bangladesh last month with the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre (HPC), during which he collected 21 wickets in all three formats of the game. “I have been waiting  a long time for this opportunity to get into  the West Indies senior team,” he said. “It has now come  and I think it is the perfect opportunity,  since I came to Bangladesh a month ago and so I am coming back knowing the conditions and what to expect.  “One of the things I learnt was that you have to bowl straight and be consistently in good areas,” he said. “You need to be very patient because the pitches are slow already and if you try  to experiment too much, you may lose control  and leak runs. “In the batting, it’s  the same thing. You have to be very patient and keep your eyes on the ball, since you can’t play  too early because the pitch is too slow.” Permaul is the latest graduate from the inaugural squad of the Sagicor HPC to make the senior West Indies side. He follows Brandon  Bess, as well as current teammate Kieran  Powell and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel. Yesterday’s two-day, tour match against a Bangladesh Cricket  Board XI was shelved  due to unplayable conditions at the BKSP Ground in Savar, a town about 25 miles north  of the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka. (PR)

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