Brathwaite honoured to lead WI U19

Dubai, United Arab Emirates Captain of the West Indies Under-19 team Kraigg Brathwaite is proud of the team’s performance in the ongoing series against Australia. The right-handed opener added that he’s extremely proud to be leading the side as they prepare for the three-day “Test” match.

“It is indeed a great honour to be given the privilege to lead the West Indies team at any level. I never thought I would get this opportunity but I am extremely proud when I walk out and play for the West Indies. For me it is an extra-special honour to spin the toss as captain of the West Indies team.”

The tour to the Global Cricket Academy in Dubai is part of the WICB’s strategic thrust on player development which goes hand-in-hand with the Sagicor High Performance Center, the revitalized West Indies A Team programme, Digicel Grassroots Cricket, Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket and other soon to be announced initiatives.

The 18-year-old Brathwaite is the most experienced member of the squad in Dubai. He made his first-class debut at age 16, and has so far played 16 matches. He has two centuries, with a best score of 130 for West Indies A against Pakistan A. He is a student of the Combermere School which has produced legends Sir Frank Worrell and Wes Hall.

“As a student at Combermere I am always reminded of the legacy of cricket. That has helped me with my cricket and overall approach and we are thought to aspire to leadership roles,” he said.

The young Windies defeated the traditionally powerful Aussies 2-1 in the three-match One-Day Series, coming back from being 0-1 down after the first game. A strong team effort was what was most critical for their success.

They will now look to get the better of the opposition in the longer format, which bowls off on Sunday. First ball is 10 am (2 am Eastern Caribbean Time/1 am Jamaica Time).

“As players we have been working really hard and we are very happy with our performances so far. Winning the series was good, but we are all improving as players and as a team and that’s better. We will look to go into the three-day match with the same approach. We are happy to get this experience to play away from home against quality opposition and we will make the most of it,” Brathwaite said.

FULL SQUAD: Kraigg Brathwaite (Captain, Barbados), Anthony Alleyne (Barbados), Ronsford Beaton (Guyana), John Campbell (Jamaica), Brian Christmas (Trinidad & Tobago), Kwame Crosse (Guyana), Derone Davis (Trinidad & Tobago), Justin Greaves (Barbados), Kavem Hodge (Dominica), Jerome Jones (Barbados), Keiron Joseph (Trinidad & Tobago), Steven Katwaroo (Trinidad & Tobago), Amir Khan (Guyana), Kyle Mayers (Barbados), Donovan Nelson (Jamaica), Akeem Saunders (St Kitts)

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