King extols value of ScotiaBank Prep competition
Former West Indies Under-18 batsman, Brandon King, posited his development to exemplify the strength of the Scotiabank Prep School Cricket competition that is currently in its 11th staging.
Prep School Cricket caters to thousands of children interested in the sport, many of whom have ambitions to play at the club and national level. King, one such player, is on a fast rise since being introduced to the sport while attending Mona Preparatory.
In the final of his three years playing in the Scotiabank competition, King led his team to the championship title while in grade six.
Now he's 20, having represented Campion College in high-school competition, Jamaica at the youth level and the West Indies Under-19 team last year.
His performance with the bat has led him to be seen by the Jamaica Cricket Association selectors, and he made his first-class debut against Trinidad and Tobago in February at Sabina Park. The right-handed batsman made 71 in the first innings and 20 runs in his second knock at the crease.
Subsequently, he played in three other games in the West Indies Cricket Board Professional Cricket League Four-Day competition. Now, King is eyeing a call to the West Indies senior team.
"The Prep-school competition was the starting point for me, as the opportunity gave the foundation. At that stage, we played for fun. Now, I am taking it to the professional level," King told The Gleaner, following the 2015 Scotiabank Prep School Cricket launch at Lucas Cricket Club last Friday.
"It is difficult at this level, as one has to be committed to training on a daily basis. I enjoy training, and I'm very happy to take the sport for a living," the Kingston Cricket Club captain added.
Looking back at his first-class debut, three months ago, King said he was "very happy as the side was in a bit of trouble when I walked on to the wicket. At first, I was nervous, but coach (Junior Bennett) told me to have fun and relax.
"Now, I am hoping to stay in the senior team and go all the way to the West Indies team," King said.
He said his parents, Damion and Joan King, offer good support, stretching back to his early involvement in the game.
"They also encourage a balance of cricket and education," he added.
He graduated from Campion in 2012 with eight CSEC and four CAPE subjects.