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Bravo backs youth

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – West Indies

batsman Darren Bravo has backed West

Indies Under-19s to do very well in the

upcoming ICC Under-19 World Cup in

the United Arab Emirates.

After a week-long camp in at the Sagicor

High Performance Centre in Barbados

the young Windies arrived in UAE this

morning where they will have another camp

at the Emirates Palace Ground in

Abu Dhabi.

Bravo, who topped both the batting and

bowling averages for the West Indies at the

ICC Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia

2008, gave his full support to the class

of 2014.

Bravo scored 165 runs at an average

of 55 and also took three wickets at an

average of just seven with his swing bowling

as West Indies played most of their matches

in Kuala Lumpur.

“It’s an exciting time in anyone’s career to

be a playing in an Under-19 World Cup.

I totally enjoyed my time and I want to urge

the West Indies team to pull out all the stops

as they try to win the tournament,”

Bravo said.

“I was in the nets recently

with two of the players –

Jeremy Solozano and Nicolas

Pooran and they were very

focused [and] ready for the

big tournament.”

Remembering his time at

that event, Bravo said: “We had

a wonderful time in Malaysia.

Our team was a strong one, but

we didn’t manage to win the

tournament. I remember the

opening ceremony, where all the

teams were present and where

we got to meet a lot of our

opponents and ‘talk cricket’ – I

made some friends that day and

we remain good friends still.”

Since then, Bravo has gone

on to achieve big things at the

senior level as well, posting the

highest score by a West Indies

batsman when following on in a

Test match (218 v New Zealand in the first

Test at Dunedin) late last year. He said the

ICC U19 CWC helped prepare him for the

big stage.

“It was a good eye-opener, and I was

delighted to represent the West Indies for

the first time. For most of my team-mates,

it was the first time we were representing

the people of our region,” Bravo said.

“So we got to understand how much

it meant to the people and also what

our responsibilities are. Significantly, we

learned to enjoy the game and be good

ambassadors,” added the left-hander who was

a member of the West Indies team which

won the World T20 back in 2012.

This year’s ICC Under-19 World

Cup will be a 16-day tournament with 48

matches played across seven venues. The

Windies have been drawn alongside South

Africa, Zimbabwe and Canada in Group C.

Their opening preliminary match is against

the Proteas on Friday, February 14 at the

Dubai International Stadium.

The second match is on Sunday, February

16 against Zimbabwe at the Sheikh Zayed

Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The third match

is two days later against the Canadians

at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery

Ground 1.

Stressing on the importance of the

tournament for young cricketers, Bravo said:

“The facilities in Malaysia were really good, as

they usually are at an ICC U19 CWC.

“That helped me and my team-mates then

– the likes of Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell,

Devon Thomas, Veerasammy Permaul and

Nkrumah Bonner – who like myself have

gone on to play for the West Indies

senior team.

“We had a great team-spirit, and were

able to have a really enjoyable time, playing

some good cricket and also getting to

see a bit of the host nation,” added

the 24-year-old.


Ramaal Lewis (captain); Nicholas Pooran

(vice captain/wicket-keeper); Fabian Allen;

Tagenarine Chanderpaul; Bryan Charles

Tristan Coleman (wicket-keeper);

Jonathan Drakes; Shimron Hetmeyer; Jerome

Jones; Ray Jordan; Brandon King; Preston

McSween; Marquino Mindley; Gudakesh

Motie; Jeremy Solozano. (windiescricket)

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