Royal secret - Trains five times per day
JEAVOR Royal, the only Jamaican called to the West Indies Under-19 World Cup training squad, has credited hard work training five times per day for his selection.
The Innswood High student recently returned from a nine-day camp in Antigua, preparing the squad for next year's ICC U-19 title defence.
"I feel very great to be the only Jamaican getting called up in the Under-19 team, and I think I work hard enough, five times a day during the week in training, that is really what takes me there," Royal pointed out.
The all-rounder is confident of cementing his place in the World Cup team.
"The experience was nice, it's a nice bunch of boys coming together. I think the team is gelling together well, they are friendly and supportive, and combining well with the two players who played in the winning team, and sharing their experience with the younger guys," reasoned the youngster.
That team will include Kirstan Kallicharan of Trinidad and Tobago and Emmanuel Stewart of the Windward Islands, who were part of the World champion team.
The tournament will be hosted in New Zealand, January12 to February 4 next year.
"I am not looking only at the World Cup. We have a few tours going to South Africa and Zimbabwe coming up, and I am really looking forward to those, and looking to get selected in them, and looking to perform and cement my spot in the World Cup team next year," he said.
A fifth-form student, Royal wants to keep grounded and working hard, and will be giving it his best shot all of this year.
"I am ready to go. I am ready to represent my school, my country and my family, so when I get that opportunity, I just want to go out there and show my skills.
"I get the support from my coach Kirk Gordon. He is always there from the start, and my teammates, and training partners. I will get to full fitness soon and looking to give it my all on the field," Royal told STAR Sports.