Berbice duo, Kelvin Umroa and Kevlon Anderson have been selected as part of a quartet of Guyanese to take part in a West Indies under-19 training camp scheduled to begin next Monday.
Speaking to Stabroek Sport, the pair were ecstatic about their selection and related that it was a privilege to continue the trend of Guyanese who continue to catch the eye of Cricket West Indies and vowed to wave the Guyana flag with pride.
Both young men have exhibited tremendous talent since appearing on the scene when they represented Guyana at the under-15 level and maintained their spot throughout the under-17 and under-19 divisions.
Umrao recently finished as the second leading wicket taker in the three-day Cricket West Indies Regional under-19 tournament with two five-wicket hauls with his left arm spin while Anderson finished as Guyana’s leading run getter in the same format.
In the limited overs format, Anderson showed his all-round skills by scoring over 100 runs as well as taking four wickets.
Umroa told this publication “I am very happy because since I was small I always wanted to play for West Indies and I am one step closer…I am glad to see my hard work showing some rewards”
The young spinner, who plays for Albion Community Centre related that he has been working closely with West Indies leg spinner, Jonathan Foo and Devindra Bishoo as well as Guyana left arm spinners, Veerasammy Permaul and Gudakesh Motie, as he sets his sights on being selected to the West Indies side for the Under-19 World Cup.
Anderson stated “It was continued hard work that led to this selection” but said he was aware that there is no time to ease up, and added, “I just can’t relax, I have to continue putting in hard work especially in areas where I am not doing too well.”
He further said hat his current goal is to make it to the under-19 World Cup but is aware that he needs to put in solid performances.
Umroa, who attended JC Chandisingh Secondary School explained that his immediate aim is to showcase his talents to the experienced coaches who can further assist him in his development and was looking forward to training with his regional peers while helping to build the unity that the West Indies is known for.
The Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club all-rounder shared the same views as Umroa with having the desire for the coaches to groom him into a better player each day.
Both players expressed satisfaction at being accompanied by Demerara Cricket Club, Ashmeed Nedd and Sachin Singh, both of whom have experience at West Indies youth level, and noted that this will further motivate them to do well.