ST JOHN’S – Former West Indies fast bowling legend Sir Curtly Ambrose has challenged under-19 fast bowler Alzarri Joseph to stay on the straight and narrow and to always strive for advancement.
Sir Curtly, who is the bowling consultant for the senior West Indies team, addressed the young pacer on his arrival at the VIP lounge of the VC Bird International Airport on Wednesday night.
“Remain focused, remain respectful and above all, remain humble; that is very important. I just want to wish you the very best going forward. I am Antiguan, you’re Antiguan and I am proud. Anytime you need any advice or any help and as long as I am on the island, you can call on me anytime,” he said.
“You’ve been playing First Class cricket already for the Leeward Islands and you’ve been doing very well, so the next step is international cricket but take it one step at a time. There is a start, a middle and there is an end and this is the start. You will get to the middle and you will get to the end which is international cricket.”
Joseph grabbed 13 wickets during the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh which included a haul of 3 for 39 in the final against India.
Sir Curtly said Joseph had all the makings of a great fast bowler and should always strive to improve his game at all levels.
“I’ve watched most of the games and you have the fast bowler’s streak; you don’t smile much … and I like that about you. You are very aggressive but I just want to say that it’s now the work will start. Now that you are in the eyes of the world everyone will be watching you so I want to say to you just keep working hard, maintain your fitness, continue to develop your skills.
“You are still a young man, still learning the art of fast bowling so try to learn something every day,” Sir Curtly said.
Alva Joseph, father of the successful Alzarri, said despite his recent good performances, a lot more was still expected.
“People are always saying ‘Alva, you must be proud’, but I am not yet proud, I am happy because I have a lot more expectations. So, like I said to him, ‘Alzarri, the hard work has started now, it has just began so congratulations on such a good start and continue to lead’,” he said.