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Katwaroo feels closer to WI pick

By STEPHON NICHOLAS Sunday, May 19 2013

Twenty-year-old Steven Katwaroo believes his selection to the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre (HPC) will put him a step closer to realising his dream of representing the West Indies team.

The wicketkeeper/batsman made his First-Class debut in February this year versus the Leeward Islands and enhanced his status by finishing the season with two half-centuries and an average of 31.42.

Speaking to Newsday yesterday, the right-hander revealed that he had his eyes set on making the HPC team this year.

“That was one of my main goals and it’s a great pleasure to be part of it. The steps to the West Indies ‘senior’ team are a bit closer now because after this it’s just the West Indies ‘A’ team to try and make,” he said. Katwaroo, although eager to begin his stint, is very aware that he still has a lot to learn to become an international player but believes the HPC is the place to acquire the relevant knowledge.

“It’s great feeling and I want to work on my game. Everyday there is something new to learn. I want to a be a part of professionals and that will be a great atmosphere to be around,” he declared. The right-hander noted that he worked really hard to get into the national team this year as he knew TT captain and wicketkeeper, Denesh Ramdin, would not be available for the duration of the season.

“I knew Ramdin wouldn’t be there for some games so that was my goal and I wanted to grasp that opportunity. Knowing that he came back and I was still part of the team really boosted by confidence. Being next to my idol was a good experience,” the Alescon Comets player revealed.

Meanwhile, Katwraoo, who will be at the HPC alongside compatriots Adrian Barath and Akeal Hosein, revealed that he is not interested right now in playing too much Twenty20 cricket as it affects the technique and judgement of young players.

“I want to master the longer version of the game and as I get older maybe then focus on T20 cricket,” he stated.

Commenting on the transition made from domestic to regional cricket, Katwaroo revealed that the intensity has to be amplified tremendously as opposed to club cricket.

“In domestic cricket you don’t need to focus as hard but regionally you always have to be locked on. You still have to find a time to switch on and of because you have to keep relaxed and not put too much pressure on yourself but you must believe in yourself and believe in God,” he remarked.

Asked what he would remember most of his debut season, a beaming Katwaroo replied that he would always treasure that TT made it to the Regional Four-Day final in his first season.

“My first time representing TT was a challenge but I enjoyed the pressure. There are certain areas of my game that I know I still have to work on,” he continued.

The TT newcomer also laid part of the blame on the national team’s abysmal performance in the final against Barbados on the groundsmen who he felt did not prepare a proper pitch.

“The pitch there was not ready because Barbados expected to be flying to Jamaica to play the final. They thought Jamaica would have beaten us in the semi-final so the toss was important.

That was a bit unfortunate but we have to learn as individuals and improve from our mistakes,” he concluded.

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