Brathwaite: HPC experience life changing
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.
Port of Spain, Trinidad - Barbados pace bowler Carlos Brathwaite noted that his team could not have afforded to make any excuses if they failed to claim the NAGICO Super50 Cricket Tournament on Saturday.
Barbados claimed the title courtesy of a 17-run victory over hosts Trinidad and Tobago in the final at the Queen’s Park Oval, with Brathwaite taking four wickets for 41 runs as TT, in pursuit of Barbados’ 252, were bowled out for 235.
Commenting on the victory on Saturday, Brathwaite said, “it’s about the whole tournament, after the setback with Kirk (Edwards), I told the guys at the first team meeting when we knew that Kirk was going away that “you know what, Barbados come to a tournament and we always find an excuse. This year we’re not making any excuse, we’re desperate to win”.
“And that’s what we did,” added Brathwaite, with reference to the team’s management decision to send home ex-captain Edwards, for disciplinary reasons, on February 1. The 25-year-old Brathwaite was proud that this teammates were able to overcome the pro-TT support to triumph in the tense final.
“Not only for the team (but) me personally,” he said. “I remember one game in Bangladesh I didn’t hold my nerve in that cauldron and I made it my business to come out (on Saturday) with all these red (outfitted) supporters. We put in a manly performance and we’re deserved winners.”
Brathwaite recently spent time at the High Performance Centre (HPC) in his native Barbados.
He stated, “the HPC was a life changing experience. There’s nowhere else in the Caribbean where you can train and do the sport you love, be paid for it and be concentrating on skills and fitness for three to six months a year straight. It really brings professionalism into play and even to captain the HPC (team) was a bigger honour.”
Questioned if he thought that the Barbados’ score was defendable, Brathwaite answered, “we defended 240 in the first game and we always believed that once Barbados can post a total that gives us a fighting chance, we can win.
“Thanks to Dwayne Smith with the bat (83 runs) and Kraigg Brathwaite (36) for giving us a magnificent start. Once we had those runs on the board, I was always confident that we would come out trumps.”