By Neto Baptiste
National cricketer and 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 player of the tournament, Hayden Walsh Jr, has received a first West Indies call-up for the limited-overs squads.
The leg-spinner has been rewarded for taking 22 wickets for 2019 champions, the Barbados Tridents, in the just ended Caribbean Premier League.
In an interview with OBSERVER media, Walsh said the news of his selection came on Monday night and that it has boosted his confidence even more going into Leeward Islands 50 Overs tournament starting here this weekend.
“I am very happy. I can’t tell you that I expected this [so soon] and it’s something I thought was going to happen but I didn’t expect to be so happy about it. Right now, I am here in Antigua with the Antigua team so I am just trying to stay sharp as even and wait until the time comes to go to India,” he said.
The Antiguan said he will not let his guard down, knowing that the real hard work is about to start.
“Well, I don’t expect it to be easy and I have to step up my hard work. My goal is to be the number one leg spinner in the world and the number one bowler in the world, so I don’t think that will come very easily,” Walsh said.
Asked if he felt he was made to wait too long for an opportunity to play at the highest level, Walsh said nothing comes before it is due to come.
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