BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The West Indies Under-19 coach Larry Gomes wants to see the team kept together in the long term, so a strong base is formed to provide players for the senior team.
Gomes was speaking after the West Indies returned to the Caribbean on Tuesday evening, following their campaign in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia.
‘They are a great bunch of guys, their discipline has been excellent and I can’t fault anyone of the guys,” said the former West Indies middle order batsman.
“I would like to see them keep these guys together and hopefully add a few more guys to the squad and try and keep them together and play as a unit.
“They are the future players for the West Indies senior team and I am sure that from the squad here, some of the guys will eventually move onto the senior team.”
He added: “I’ll be taking notice of how they perform and I’ll be following their careers with interest.”
West Indies failed to make it out of the preliminary round after being grouped with eventual finalists South Africa and India.
They compensated for this disappointment, however, sailing through the Plate Championship, to win that title.
Gomes said: “It was a bit disappointing in not going further on from the preliminary round into the Super Eights but I think it’s all a learning experience for the guys. Hopefully they will learn quickly.
“We knew that our group was a tough group, as they called it ‘The Group of Death’, you had India, South Africa and ourselves there.
India beat South Africa in the final.