Investing in youth cricket

Investing in youth cricket
President of Cricket West Indies, Ricky Skerritt.
Cricket West Indies

Cricket West Indies (CWI) President, Ricky Skerritt has vowed to invest more in West Indies young development after the West Indies Emerging Players recently won the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 with a 205-run victory over the Leeward Islands Hurricanes.

“The investment will follow them (the young players) wherever they are. Our high performance system, as we get more investment, will begin to produce more interventions,” said Skerritt after congratulating the squad on their achievement.

He said the performance was not about keeping this core unit specifically but creating a bigger system so individual players could enter as part of a feeder system and move on to greater success.

“What is important is the standards they set for themselves with the support and investment that they have received, we can keep that happening over next year,” he added.

Regarding the model of developmental teams in the current regional set up, Skerritt referenced the CCC team which on the title last year, but lost key players and were decimated this year.

The president said this style of raiding augurs well as it means territories want their players back for central contract, which could be the case next season.

Skerritt wants to continue pushing youngsters in the region to elevate themselves so they too can replicate what has been done in the last couple years in this competition where the big guns such as Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana and Barbados have been underperforming.

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