Windies U-19 cricketers camp fruitful

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - West Indies Under-19 players Derone Davis and Akeal Hosein have dubbed the recent one-week training camp in Barbados as intense but essential to their development.

The camp was held from March 28-April 4 under the tutelage of coach Roddy Estwick and assistant Stuart Williams at the Sagicor High Performance Center in preparation for the ICC U-19 World Cup in Australia from August 11-26. Davis was upbeat of the regime in Barbados. 

“It was a lot of hard work but it was worth it. We did a lot of training and got reacquainted. We had nice drills and the routines worked us a lot. We have a high standard to maintain and we want to keep playing well as a team,” stated the FCB Clarke Road player. 

Davis’ performances in 2011 saw him earn the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) Under-19 Cricketer of the Year after impressing against India and Australia. He lamented his club’s domestic form but was intent on keeping his WI standard high. 

Queen’s Park all-rounder Hosein, stated that the camp helped the players gel better. 

He revealed there was a lot of focus on physical training and fitness work. “I’m fit now and got over my hand injury. It was good to be ready for the camp and we mixed it up well and played against each other. We had knocks in the nets too, so overall, there was a good team vibe,” he revealed. 

Hosein added that his club duties had grown and the pressure of domestic cricket was helping elevate his game. 

He expects to play a crucial part in the Parkites’ Premier Division title defence as they oppose Powergen this weekend in a repeat of last month’s 50-over final which they won. 

Both players expressed optimism to make the West Indies team soon following in the footsteps of Barbadian Kraigg Brathwaite. 

Wicketkeeper Stephen Katwaroo, Kieron Joseph and Emmanuel Lett were the other TT players involved in the camp.

This article was taken from The Trinidad and Tobago Newsday Newspaper.

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 04:19