The sister isles have again swung into high-pitched excitement as star cricketer Emmanuel Stewart has been selected on the West Indies under 19 squad for the upcoming regional 50 overs tournament, which bowls off later this month.
Stewart who is now a student at the Combermere College in Barbados was among several top youth cricketers present at the recently held training camp on mainland Grenada. Although he did not participate due to having been recovering from surgery on a broken finger, the selectors had long identified the young player as a future senior West Indies cricketer.
Stewart who arrived home on Tuesday evening received the good news of his selection one day later. The young but experienced player was a member of the successful West Indies under 19 team at the 2016 ICC world cup last year and says that he is once again proud to be in West Indies colors and extremely grateful for the support he has been receiving.
“I always relish and honor every opportunity I’m given to represent the West Indies and will be looking to make the best of it when the time comes”, says Stewart who “thanks the Lord for his blessings and family and friends for their unwavering support”.
The team would assemble in Antigua for a camp, which runs from January 15 to 24. The West Indies Under 19 is drawn alongside Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Windward Islands and English county side Kent. There are speculations that Stewart could be elected captain of the team.
“This will be a highly competitive zone and this is what builds us as young cricketers”, says the well-mannered and highly respected player who hails from the community of Dover.
He says that although playing cricket while studying in Barbados can be challenging, he relishes the opportunity, as it brings out the best in him.
“My life is made up of challenges and I love facing them head-on”, he says before departing Carriacou for Barbados on Friday morning.
Moving to Barbados he says was a brilliant opportunity to be exposed to a higher level of cricketing facilities, which can enhance his game.
With visions of one day playing for the senior West Indies team, Stewart, says that he has been in close contact with West Indies bowling coach, Rody Estwick and West Indies T20 captain, Carlos Brathwaite.