ST.JOHN’S, Antigua – Seventeen-year-old Alzarri Joseph of Antigua has been called up by the Leeward Islands selectors to replace the injured Quinton Boatswain of Montserrat.
Boatswain, who was previously included in the Leeward Islands team for round one of the WICB’s regional Four-Day competition has been withdrawn because of illness according to a LICA release.
Joseph, who left the country on Wednesday for St Kitts, said his hope is to impress the world.
“Well, I’m just hoping to go down and do my best; keep working hard and success will come (and) it’s just the control with the line and length (because) usually I’m bowling a bit too short, so it’s just to get the control going,” Joseph said.
“I get a lot of support from the village; people keep telling me to continue working hard so I’m just trying to do that.”
Joseph featured for the University of the West Indies (UWI) Vice Chancellor’s XI on Tuesday when they played the touring England team in a warm-up match at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds.
The Antiguan had figures of one for 45 in eight overs.
Chief selector and coach of the Leeward Islands cricket team, Ridley Jacobs, welcomed the youngster’s selection.
“I think that it‘s an opportunity for him to learn. He’s not too young to learn and basically that’s why he’s in the team so he can learn and gain experience,” Jacobs said.
“I think that now is the best time to really have him around the guys so he could experience and learn from that.”
Leeward Islands will take on Combined Campuses & Colleges in a match starting March 1 at Warner Park in St Kitts.
Other players selected are Tonito Willett, Lyndell Richardson, Akeem Saunders, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Sylvester “Bouncing” Joseph, Anthony “I-Roots” Martin, Mali Richards, Gavin Tonge, Hayden Walsh Jr and Kelbert Walters.