Odane sets sights on making West Indies team
"I love the game. It is my passion." These were the words of 28-year-old batsman and wicketkeeper, Odane Thomas.
Thomas grew up in the community of Grove Town in Manchester and attended the Cross Keys High School. From a tender age, he enjoyed playing cricket with his cousins, and from there his love for the sport grew.
"I used to captain Cross Keys High School," he said, noting that he was the senior team captain for three consecutive years; he also captained the under-16 team.
Thomas credited his coaches and former cricketers for playing integral roles in his success.
TALENT AND PASSION
He also said that the Reverend Steve Edwards, manager of his current club, Gospel Funhouse Cricket Club in Mandeville, told him: "Odane, you have passion, you have talent and you have the guts to make it far."
Thomas has represented the parish of Clarendon in various competitions. In 2009, he played for Manchester and they won the Junior Cup that year. He was called to the Manchester senior team but was unable to take up the offer.
But his dream of playing continues at Gospel Funhouse. His team competed in the recent Social Development Commission competition and finished third.
Thomas added that his family and community see him as a really good wicketkeeper and batsman.
"My dream has always been to play for the West Indies cricket team. I told myself this year that nothing is going to stop me, so I'm going to endeavour to do what is possible to reach that milestone," he said.