Adaptation key for surprise pick Cariah
GOLD COAST, Australia (CMC):
Surprise T20 World Cup pick Yannic Cariah says he is focused on adapting to the new conditions on his first international tour with West Indies.
The 30-year-old leg-spinning all-rounder was a shock inclusion in the 15-man squad for the October 16 to November 13 tournament, having never featured in an international T20 and last turning out in a Caribbean Premier League fixture six years ago.
However, he played three One-Day Internationals last August against New Zealand, scoring 52 in his second innings, and said the knock had been key in building his confidence.
“The way I performed against New Zealand gave me confidence. Now we’re here in Australia … this is my first time playing here …,” the Trinidadian said.
“First, I want to get used to the conditions, as we are a long way from home, and then maintain my processes and look to perform on the big stage.
“I was doing a lot of fitness work at home and sharpening up my skills. I have played a lot of cricket with many members of the team, so I’ve fitted in quite well.”
Cariah is one of two uncapped players on tour, left-arm fast bowling all-rounder Raymon Reifer the other. The pair are surrounded by several experienced players, with selectors recalling opener Evin Lewis after nearly a year and Johnson Charles after nearly seven years.
Nicholas Pooran is leading the unit, which also includes the seasoned likes of all-rounder Jason Holder, Shimron Hetmyer, and Rovman Powell.
“I’m feeling really great to be in the group for the upcoming series [against Australia] as well as the T20 World Cup to follow,” Cariah said.
“We touched down and the work has started. It is a great honour to represent the people of the region at any level. I’m here and ready to go … any challenges I’m ready for it.”