Windies Under-19s all set for first warm-up match today

TARANGA, New Zealand -- The TCL Group West Indies Under-19 team will have their first taste of action on Wednesday when they take on the Northern Districts “A” Team in a warm-up match. The game (to be played Tuesday evening Caribbean Time) will give the Windies a chance to get quality preparation ahead of the International Cricket Council’s World Cup.

The Windies arrived on Sunday and are presently in camp at the Bay of Plenty Cricket Association in Taranga. They have been having training and net sessions with coach Andre Coley. As part of the intense preparation, they will have another warm-up match against the same opponents on Friday (Thursday evening Caribbean Time).

The coach said he was pleased with the approach of the players. He also said it was a very good idea to have the camp which will allow the players to get acclimatised to the cooler foreign conditions.

“It was a very good idea to come here early and get in as much preparation time as possible. It will be great for the young players. Everything has gone well so far. We had two camps and the player showed significant improvement. We played in the West Indies Cricket Board's One-Day Tournament in Guyana and that was good exposure. We also had a camp in St Kitts [in December] and the players worked hard and are ready for the competition,” Coley said.

“The main focus in New Zealand will be our ability to adapt to the foreign conditions and our success will be based on ability to adapt. We have two warm-up games against and some training sessions and then we have the official ICC warm-up matches so we should have enough time to be fully ready.”

After the matches in Taranga the Windies will then have official tournament warm-up matches against Ireland and Australia in Christchurch and Lincoln. The West Indies have been drawn in Group D in the opening round of the tournament and will face Pakistan (Friday, January 15), Bangladesh (Sunday, January 17), and Papua New Guinea (Tuesday, January 19) at Fitzherbert Park, at Palmerston North near to the city of Napier. The two top teams will move on to the Cup phase and the bottom two will play in the Plate.

SQUAD: Andre Creary (captain), Yannick Ottley (vice captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nelson Bolan, Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Yannic Cariah, Akeem Dewar, Shane Dowrich (wicket-keeper), Nicholson Gordon, Trevon Griffiths, Jason Holder, Keon Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jomel Warrican.

MANAGEMENT: Omar Khan (manager), Andre Coley (coach), Roddy Estwick (assistant coach), C.J Clark (physiotherapist)