McCarthy happy for Tallawah chance
In-form Jamaica Scorpions batsman, Andre McCarthy says he looking forward to joining up with the likes of West Indies batsman, Chris Gayle and Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara in the Jamaica Tallawahs squad for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20.
McCarthy, the Scorpions lone century maker in four-day and one-day cricket this season, was selected by the Tallawahs during the CPL draft held last week in Barbados.
"It's a good feeling joining the Jamaica Tallawahs," stated McCarthy.
"Watching the CPL for the past three years, I have always wanted to be a part of it but has never gotten the chance until this year.
"It's something that I feel very happy about, being able to play in the same team along with international players from who I can learn a lot.This includes, Kumar Sangakkara, Chris Gayle," he said.
The 28-year-old - a former West Indies Under-19 representative, was selected in the 10th of 16 draft rounds by the Tallawahs for a sum of US$10,000 (JA$1,210,799).
Sangakkara, who helped the Tallawahs to the title in 2013, but has not featured since, was selected in the second round for US$130,000 (JA$15,740,400).
McCarthy, who was the Scorpions' top batsman during the regional Super50 one-day tournament in Trinidad and Tobago last month and who is currently the team's leading run-scorer in the four-days competition, also expressed that he was anticipating being drafted.
"I wasn't surprised at being selected, based on having a decent Super50 tournament," he outlined.
"Out of the four years that I have been playing Super50, I have been in the top five batsmen three out of four years.
"I therefore, believed that one day it would have come, and it has finally come."
McCarthy, a dashing right-handed batsman also said being drafted fitted in with his overall personal goals.
"Getting up in the mornings and heading to Melbourne CC (his home club) to train at 6am and 7am and finally seeing some reward, I am heading where I want to be heading," he pointed out.