GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):
Two emerging West Indies cricketers say they are elated with their selection on the regional Under-19 side to play the Bangladesh Under-19 team in a seven-match one-day series in Guyana early next month.
Opening batsmen Shimron Hetmyer and Tagenarine Chanderpaul say they are both eagerly looking forward to the series from October 5-21.
Hetmyer and Chanderpaul are joined by fellow Guyanese, left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie in the 17-man squad announced by the West Indies Cricket Board on Tuesday.
"It is a great feeling to represent West Indies at any level. And all I am looking for is to stay focused and live up to the expectations," Hetmyer told Guyana Times.
"When Mr Butts told me that I was selected, I was surprised, because I know to myself I haven't performed as well in the regional tournament. Nevertheless, I am happy."
Hetmyer, a left-handed opener who plies his trade with the Young Warriors Cricket Club in Berbice, scored only two half centuries with the highest score of 92 against Trinidad and Tobago during the recently concluded Regional Under-19 tournament.
"I want to use this tournament to develop my game, it's a big step in my career so I am looking forward to it," said Hetmyer.
Chanderpaul, who plays for the Everest Cricket Club, says he is confident the West Indies can beat Bangladesh.
"I think we have a good team and the players are capable of giving a good account of themselves," said Chanderpaul.
"We also have home advantage."
Chanderpaul scored one century and two half centuries in the recently concluded Regional U-19 three-day tournament and one 50 in the 50-over version.
The son of West Indies batting star Shivnarine Chanderpaul says he is training hard for the series.
"I am thrilled to be named in the West Indies U-19 team; I am really looking forward to the series and want to make Guyana and the region happy," said Chanderpaul.
"Basically, I haven't set myself any goals but would like to occupy the crease for long periods and get among the runs. I am learning a lot from my father. He told me to concentrate, play the ball on its merit, and occupy the crease for long periods."
The Bangladeshis will play a warm-up game against Guyana Under-19 on October 5 at Bourda before playing the West Indies junior team from October 7 to 21 in seven one-day matches.
The full squad reads: Fabian Allen (Jamaica), Jofra Archer (Barbados), Tagenarine Chanderpaul (Guyana), Bryan Charles (Trinidad & Tobago), Tristan Coleman (Jamaica), Taryck Gabriel, (Windward Islands, St Lucia), Shimron Hetmyre (Guyana), Jerome Jones (Barbados), Ray Jordan (Windward Islands, St Vincent), Alzarri Joseph (Leeward Islands, Antigua), Brandon King (Jamaica), Ramaal Lewis (Jamaica), Leroy Lug (Jamaica), Preston McSween (Windward Islands, Grenada), Marquino Mindley (Jamaica), Gudakesh Motie (Guyana), and Jeremy Solozano (Trinidad & Tobago).