Youth West Indies have good shot at world title

January 11, 2016

Outgoing Jamaica Under-19 captain, Michael Frew, has backed the West Indies Under-19 team to do well at the upcoming ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh.

The middle-order batsman, who bowls part-time off-spin, said his opinion is based on the make-up of the aggregation.

"I don't think it will be an easy task, as this is close to the international level, and other teams have talent and are all-rounded as well," Frew said.

"However, having said that, we have a good team."

The West Indies will look to Guyanese opener, and captain, Shimron Hetmyer, and promising Leewards fast bowler, Alzarri Joseph, to lead their title charges.

The duo, who recently represented their countries in the WICB First-Class Tournament, are the only persons in the squad with first-class experience.

Frew sees the tournament as a chance to introduce himself to the world.

"It is a chance for me to go out there, and show the world what I am capable of, and I am looking forward to it.

"I want to do my best for the team, and hope to come home with the trophy."

The Youth World Cup will run from January 22 to February 14.

The West Indies are scheduled to play two warm-up matches, including a clash with defending champions South Africa, before bowing into action in Group C.

They will open their campaign on January 28 against England before going on to play Zimbabwe and Fiji.

The top two teams from the group are slated to advance to the quarter-finals.

- J.L.

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