Four Barbadians – Kraigg Brathwaite, Kyle Mayers, Shai Hope and Raymon Reifer – are among 14 players chosen for the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre for the 2013 programme, which runs from June 1 until December.
Opening batsman Brathwaite and wicket-keeper/batsman Hope were members of the champion Barbados team in the just concluded West Indies Cricket Board first-class tournament.
Mayers, a hard-hitting left-hand batsman and right-arm medium-pacer, represented Barbados in this year’s Caribbean Twenty20 and Super50 championships, while Reifer, a left-hand batsman and left-arm medium-pacer turned out for Barbados-based Combined Campuses & Colleges.
Brathwaite and another opener, Adrian Barath of Trinidad & Tobago, are the only players with Test experience among those named.Commenting on the announcement, the HPC head coach Graeme West said he was very excited about the prospects of transforming a new group of players.
“Now that I have been in the position at the Sagicor WIHPC for more than 12 months, I feel I’m more confident about the knowledge of players and understanding of how a talented, young player in the Caribbean develops and is looking to the develop,” he said.
“I’ve also had the benefit of watching some of the players in regional matches and looking to see how we can help them improve for the benefit of cricket at the regional, as well as the international level.
“We will need to spend some time initially on the players’ skills, fitness and developing their all-round game before stepping up their preparation to deal with competitive situations.
“The batting in the regional matches is a good example of an area that we can really improve. We have footage of when the players have potentially made some mistakes this year and when they have performed well, and use these as opportunities for instruction,” West said.
The HPC programme has been broadened to focus more intensely on developing the mental prowess of the players in addition to the standard rigorous training in skills development and fitness required for high performance athletes.
The players will also benefit from specialised training in a number of other areas including their roles as ambassadors, personal development, anti-corruption and media skills.
Folllowing is the list of players: Adrian Barath (Trinidad & Tobago, 23), Ronsford Beaton (Guyana, 20), Quinton Boatswain (Montserrat, 22), Kraigg Brathwaite (Barbados, 20), John Campbell (Jamaica, 19), Chandrapaul Hemraj (Guyana, 19), Shai Hope (Barbados, 19), Akeal Hosein (Trinidad & Tobago, 20) Steven Katwaroo (Trinidad & Tobago, 20) Kyle Mayers (Barbados, 20), Dalton Polius (St. Lucia, 22), Raymon Reifer (Barbados, 22), Tyrone Theophile (Dominica, 23), Hayden Walsh Jr (Antigua & Barbuda, 21) (BCA)†