Jovan Ali sets eyes on the prize
SCARBOROUGH, TOBAGO - Jovan Ali has set his sights on captaining his country to Under 17 glory in the ongoing West Indies Cricket Board’s Under 17 Tournament being played in Tobago.
The Trinidad and Tobago skipper who has been doing well in youth cricket in the Caribbean wants to continue improving his chances of going to the International Cricket Council’s Under 19 Cricket World Cup in early August next month.
Ali said, “In this tournament, I’ve set my goals already, to be the leading wicket taker, and to captain my team to victory, and hopefully if there is an Under 17 West Indies team, I’ll be part of that, and more importantly I look forward to making the West Indies Under 19 team this year.”
A lot of goals for a quite small man, but Ali has proven to be one of the most exciting young spinners in the Caribbean.
He’s banking on the experience of his players to get T&T through the tournament, pointing out the level of domestic cricket at which most of the Under 17s play.
Ali himself plays on the senior team of Powergen Sports Club, one of Trinidad’s biggest and most successful Premiership clubs. Off his boys, three players play at national club level in Trinidad, and he’ll be hoping they bring their form to Tobago.
He stated, “We have a really strong unit here. Players like Nicholas Pooran, Jeremy Solozano and Brian Christmas; they all play Premier League cricket, and they have enough experience.”
The experience Ali brings to the team as well is vital to T&T success. He has played alongside West Indies A Team captain, Veerasammy Permaul and was part of the Under 16 team that toured Australia two years ago.
Two years on, and he still values the experience he got down under in having to adapt to Australian conditions, get adjusted to the climate and playing cricket on different pitches. He believes that experience has led up to the success he is enjoying today.
However, Ali isn’t looking too far ahead of him. His main goal is to make the West Indies Under 19 team, and will only think about the Sagicor High Performance Center after.
He refuses to look beyond this Under 17 Tournament to the upcoming West Indies Cricket Board’s Under 19 Championships in Barbados later this month. Just like his run-up, he’s taking his cricket career step by step, and he’s so far delivered well.