Coach Estwick calls for brave boys
GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The West Indies Under-19s have been urged to play a “bold and brave” brand of cricket when they face Bangladesh Under-19s in the upcoming series.
The advice has come from Coach Roddy Estwick as he prepared the regional players for the upcoming series.
Both sides are using the games as preparations for the ICC Under-19 World Cup which will be played in the United Arab Emirates in February 2014.
“I want to encourage the young players to express themselves and play with freedom. I want to see some bold and brave cricket when we face the Bangladeshis. This is a very important series for us as we look forward to the World Cup, which is just around the corner in a few months time,” Estwick told WICB Media.
“The Bangladeshis are normally strong at this level of cricket so we know we will have to work very hard to win against them. They will be quality opposition especially in the spin bowling department.”
The two teams will face each other in seven 50-over matches in Guyana, with the first encounter being played at the Guyana National Stadium on Monday. First ball is 1:30 pm (12:30 pm Jamaica Time).
The West Indies team was selected from the main performers during the WICB Under-19 Tournament which was played in St Kitts two months ago. It features opener Jeremy Solozano, who was the leading batsman as well Tagenarine Chanderpaul – the son of West Indies batsman Shiv Chanderpaul – who has represented Guyana at the first-class level.
The bowling features two pacers – Marquino Mindley and Jerome Jones – who were members of the West Indies team which played at the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Australia 14 months ago. Also in the squad are spinner Gutakesh Moti, who has been excellent for Guyana at this level for the past three years.
Estwick, a former Barbados seam bowler, has worked with the West Indies Under-19s for the last decade and identified the areas where the team needs to work on.
“We have some players who have played first-class cricket and some who have played for West Indies before so we have some experience in the ranks. Quite a few have also played at the regional Under-19 level for a few seasons now, so they are aware of what is required,” Estwick outlined.
“We have some exciting pacers and some very good spinners. We have to work on our batting...we have to work hard to get up to the level we require. We have to look at rotating the strike and building partnerships.
“At all levels in West Indies cricket we are very good at hitting boundaries – we can play shots and hit the boundaries. But we need to learn how better we can rotate the strike – which always helps to take the pressure off whether batting first or second.”