Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
After knocking on the doors of Jamaica's cricket selectors for the last three years, batsman Zeniffe Fowler will be aiming to make his mark in this year's regional four-day and Super50 competitions, which begin tomorrow in Barbados.
Fowler, a former St Elizabeth Technical High School batting star, told The Gleaner, ahead of departure, that he was very happy to be part of Jamaica's 14-man squad and is hoping to cement a place in the team.
"I am very elated," said Fowler. "I have been on the cusp of selection for quite sometime now, and so I am really happy that I have gotten the opportunity now to represent my country at the highest level.
"I am looking to make my mark because I set myself certain goals that I want to achieve, if and when I get a chance to play."
"I am ready and I am definitely working hard to achieve my goals," he added.
The 25-year-old Fowler, a right-handed batsman, has represented Jamaica at the youth levels. He pointed out that he has been preparing himself, mentally and physically, for both competitions and has set his sights on scoring a number of centuries in both formats of the competition.
"I would like to score two centuries, in either format of the game, and so I am looking forward to representing my country and doing well," said Fowler, who turns out for Manchester in the local leagues.
"My objective is to represent the West Indies because, as a cricketer, my aim is to play for West Indies at the highest level," Fowler said. "These tournaments are like trials for me so I am looking forward to both of them.
"I am a very confident player because I have been representing my country from the Under-15 to the Under-19 level, but this is a step up. I am ready for the challenge," he added.
Fowler, along with his best friend, Nkrumah Bonner, Andre McCarty, Yanique Elliott, Jermaine Blackwood, Sheldon Cotterell, and Jamie Merchant, are among junior players who have been selected in the Tamar Lambert-led team.
"Nkrumah Bonner is my biggest motivator and I am really looking up to him a lot," Fowler said.
"We spend a lot of time together, discussing the game every day, and he also gives me a lot of advice about how to go about my game, because he is more experienced than me," he said.
Jamaica will be seeking their sixth consecutive title in the four-day competition and a second straight hold on the Super50 trophy.
They will face hosts Barbados in the opening match of the Super50 competition at Kensington Oval.