Windies U-19 success due to Youth investment, claims CWI boss Skerritt
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Windies Under-19 all-rrounder Nyeem Young
Windies Under-19 all-rrounder Nyeem Young

CRICKET West Indies president, Ricky Skerritt, has insisted the strong showing of the U-19 team at the ongoing ICC U-19 World Cup is due to a policy of deliberate investment in Youth cricket.

The U-19 Windies, who won the title in 2016, are off to a strong start at the current edition of the tournament after notching wins over Australia, England, and Nigeria. The team’s latest win, a dominant 246-run win over their African opponents, ensured that the Windies were top of Group B.

According to the CWI president, the team’s strong showing, which has taken many by surprise, is no accident.

“This administration promised that we would invest more seriously and in a more focussed and strategic way on our Youth cricket and this Under-19 team are an example of what we set about to do immediately – to give them the best possible preparation going into this World Cup,” Skerritt said recently.

“They have achieved already way beyond the expectations of most people. They beat Australia, they beat England. We are going to hope and pray that they continue on the path of improvement and perform at their best and whatever the end result of this World Cup is for them, they would have made the Caribbean people extremely proud.”

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