Hosein confident WI will do well at W/Cup
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Queen's Park all-rounder, Akeal Hosein, believes that the West Indies Under-19 team will pose a threat to rivals in the upcoming World Cup in Australia next month.
Hosein and fellow Trinidad and Tobago players Derone Davis, Stephen Katwaroo and Keiron Joseph, are slated to leave early today to link up with their teammates in Barbados prior to the commencement of the competition.
“I think we have a very formidable team. I had a good season with Queen’s Park and I recently came off playing in England from the Kieron Pollard scholarship stint so I’m raring to go. The other TT players are also very capable and there’s a lot of experience in the team in captain, Kraigg Braithwaite. Sunil Ambris is also an explosive wicket-keeper and batsman so we have the right blend. Everyone can bat and bowl...it’s all-round and really impressive,” he gleamed.
The 15-man squad is scheduled for a Brisbane camp prior to the official bowl- off and they have been drawn in Group ‘C’ alongside India, Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea in the 16-team biennial event.
West Indies open against India on August 12 and Hosein believes with coaches such as Stuart Williams and manager, Courtney Walsh, they stand a high chance of success.
The left-hander admitted that he wanted to use this tournament as a building block towards making the West Indies “A” and then the senior team. Hosein also added that these youngsters could also shine domestically next year and emulate Kevon Cooper with lucrative foreign deals.
Hosein also indicated he is recovered from last season’s wrist injury and praised Queen’s Park for continuing to nurture his career. “I also want to continue doing well with the Parkites and repeat another local treble but playing in England is also something I want to return to. It was a good experience. The IPL is also a nice goal but Test cricket remains the ultimate so I want to build my career from this tournament. This is the start of the most important era of my cricketing career and the Windies can win this tournament outright,” he concluded.