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Merry Boys wicketkeeper/batsman,
Amir Jangoo has become the second
Under-19 player to be called up to the Red
Force training squad.
He joins fast bowler Anderson Phillip in
the training squad and will go straight into
action in the first practice game at the
National Cricket Centre, Balmain, Couva.
The Fatima College student revealed that
he was elated about his inclusion into the
Red Force setup after recently competing
at the West Indies Under-19 Championships
"When Kelvin Williams called and invited
me to the Red Force training it was a feeling
I could not explain to be honest. This was
something I always dreamt of and it was
just out of this world," said Jangoo.
He added: "My family was really happy
for me when they found out the news but
at the same time they knew this is just the
start. They let me know that this is the
beginning of my journey and I need to put
in the hard work."
The former West Indies Under-19 player
stressed that it is key for him to capitalise
on this opportunity to further his cricketing
"I would like to go out there and work
extremely hard, perform well and showcase
my talent. I want the coaches to see my
ability and I can do this by scoring runs
and being efficient behind the stumps so
the selectors know I am a long-term option,"
The inclusion of Jangoo to the Red Force
training squad will intensify the wicket-
keeping competition. Currently, Steven Kat-
waroo is the Red Force s first choice wick-
KINGSTON---Now that she has earned a recall to
the West Indies Women s training squad, off-spinner
and all-rounder Vanessa Watts said her intention
is to gain a place on the team.
A regular member of Jamaica s successful teams
in recent years, Watts was recalled for the home
series against Pakistan next month.
"My aim is to get as fit as possible, go out there,
and show the selectors that I am capable of being
in the first team," said Watts.
"It won t be easy, but I know I am capable."
Watts, a capable middle to lower order batsman
as well, made her West Indies women one-day debut
last year in New Zealand.
However, after claiming one for 43 off ten overs
and making 18 runs, playing in four Twenty20 inter-
nationals, she was dropped for the home series against
the Kiwis last October.
Watts, 28, was also left out of the tour of Australia
in December and the ICC Women s World Cup this
Watts has found favour with the selectors again
after returns of 13 wickets in six matches during the
regional women s tournament this summer; an oppor-
tunity, the Bellas Gate, St Catherine native is grabbing
with both hands.
"I told myself once I performed during the regional
tournament, and the right people saw me, the pos-
sibility lies that I would have gotten a recall, and a
second chance," Watts said.
"I have improved quite a lot since my debut last
year. My bowling has greater control and variation,
my batting is more solid while I continue to improve
in the field," she said.
The St Catherine High and GC Foster College
alumni, along with two other Jamaicans, will leave
on September 30 for a training camp in St Lucia.
The other Jamaicans are newly appointed captain
Stefanie Taylor and Chedean Nation.
Watts ready to battle
for place on Windies
etkeeper with Denesh Ramdin playing when not on
West Indies duty and Nicholas Pooran recovering
"I think the wicketkeeping race is very tough and
the Red Force team has a top class wicketkeeper in
Steven Katwaroo. It will be a very interesting com-
petition but I am up for it and I am very motivated,"
He continued: "Trinidad and Tobago has a lot of
top class wicketkeepers such as Denesh Ramdin and
Nicholas Pooran so there is a lot of competition, but
at the same time it is about how you perform and
the hard work that you put in. I think once you put
in the hard work you will reap the rewards. Besides
my glove work I am aiming to score runs and show
my ability with the bat."
The T&T Under-19 vice-captain revealed that
he is looking forward to meeting up with Under-
19 team-mate Phillip at Red Force training as they
make the transition from youth cricket to the senior
"Me and Andy have a really close relationship.
I have been playing cricket with him since the
Under-13 level, so me and Andy have a really strong
bond. We always motivate each other and we under-
stand each other such as our strengths and weak-
nesses from playing together for so long," said Jan-
He added: "Going through this experience with
Andy means a lot to me because I think this is some-
thing we will cherish and we will now be sharing
the dressing room with first-class players and that
will be something special. We will also have first
class coaches with us and just going through this
new and exciting phase with a close friend will be
Jangoo called up to Red Force training
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