West Indies High Performance Centre (HPC) Head Coach, Englishman Graeme West along with its bowling Coach former West Indies pacer Barbadian Vasbert Drakes arrived in Guyana on Wednesday night to look at those Guyanese cricketers from this year’s class of the HPC.
The 46-year-old Drakes who took 33 wickets from 12 Tests from 2002-2004 explained that he and West will leave Guyana for Trinidad tomorrow after having discussions with Guyana’s Head Coach Esuan and some of the players who attended the HPC.
“We want to have a look at the players who attended but also as much local players so that we will have some background information when they come to the HPC. We want to work along with the local coaches when a Guyanese comes to the HPC their initiation will be easier” Drakes pointed out. Drakes who was unbeaten on 27 when West Indies successfully chased a world record 418 to beat Australia in Antigua, said that he intends to talk with the four Guyanese in the West Indies under-19 team and let them know what is required of them.
“We want everyone all over the Caribbean to be on the same page so that when the players come back into camp before the West Indies under-19 team departs the Region everyone would have been doing basically the same things” Drakes added.
The eleventh ICC U-19 World Cup will involve 16 teams and will be played in Bangladesh. The 10 nations with ICC Full Membership automatically qualified for the tournament. Five additional teams will qualify through the different regional tournaments. The sixteenth spot in Bangladesh will go to the best of the second-place finishers from the regions.
The Guyanese in the squad are Kemo Paul, Shemron Hetmyer, Akshaya Persaud and Tevin Imlach.