Following their recent venture to Antigua as part of the West Indies Under-19 training squad, Berbice duo of Kelvin Umroa and Kevlon Anderson both said they were enlightened from the trip.
When Stabroek Sport caught up with the two youngsters at their homes in the Ancient County, they were all smiles, stating that their game had been elevated from the trip.
The camp, which helps tailor the West Indies’ preparation for the Under-19 World Cup, included two other Guyanese in Ashmead Nedd and Sachin Singh.
Umroa, a left-arm orthodox spinner from Albion said: “The 10-day camp was a great experience being around players from other countries in the Caribbean.”
Anderson, on the other hand, said he enjoyed sharing ideas with the players to see their perspective of the game.
“This means a lot, it is a dream come through but I just got to keep working, don’t give up and keep learning every day,” Anderson said.
The pair, in evaluating their performances, said that they felt it was a reasonable outing for them.
Anderson, who is a genuine all-rounder, said he was good with his batting and fielding while Umroa said he bowled well in the scenario matches.
“It was great being around the coaches like Roddy Estwick, who has been with senior West Indies teams and it means a lot as a youngster. I always wanted to be an ambassador for the West Indies and it is a dream come through for me,” Umroa stated.
The duo said there were a lot of areas that needed work and that they are bent on improving. Umroa said that fitness was an area he needed to work on adding that he has begun working on strength training with support coming from fellow club mates Veerasammy Permaul, Gudakesh Motie and Jonathan Foo.
Anderson, who plays for the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, goes running on the Number One village road before sunrise after which he proceeds to the back of the yard with a ball tied up in a sock practicing his shots or going on the concrete strip in his yard to exercise.