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Hosein looks ahead

U-19 all-rounder looking for senior team pick in 2013

By Roger Seepersad

Queen's Park Cricket Club all-rounder Akeal Hosein is satisfied with his performances in 2012 and is looking forward to better performances for his club in the season ahead.

Hosein was one of three T&T cricketers who represented the West Indies at the ICC Youth World Cup in Australia this year. The other two players were left-arm orthodox bowler Derone Davis and wicketkeeper batsman Steven Katwaroo.

While Hosein, also a left-arm orthodox bowler, had set himself goals before departing with the West Indies youth team for the World Cup, he said he had to change those goals when he realised what role he would be playing and said he was happy with the experience he gained from playing in the World Cup.

"Being to Australia for the first time... it was quite hard adapting to the conditions. But after a few training sessions, you get used to it... but it was challenging I must say," explained Hosein.

"Being alongside those experienced players like Kraigg Braithwaite, who has played Test cricket and also going to a country like Australia where it is a lot harder to play cricket... it was a good experience for me. I thought I handled the situation well. I thought I adapted to the wicket as well," he added.

The 19-year-old all-rounder took one wicket and scored 11 runs in the West Indies four-wicket group stage win over eventual champions India. In the second group stage win over Papua New Guinea, Hosein took two for 26 and was not required to bat.

He grabbed two for 16 from ten overs against Zimbabwe as he continued to offer good assistance in the blowing department while his best batting effort came in their quarter-final loss to New Zealand when he came in at number seven and top-scored with 54 to lead the Windies to a competitive score.

"The opportunities I got, I tried to make the best of it. I did not get proper opportunities to bat but when I did get my opportunity, I grasped it with both hands as well as with the ball. I was satisfied with it but at the same time disappointed that we did not go on to win the competition," Hosein said.

He said not winning was a disappointment, knowing that they defeated the two teams that competed in the final—India and Australia.

West Indies beat Australia in a warm-up fixture by 13 runs, with Hosein taking four wickets for 37 runs.

India went on to win the World Cup, defeating the hosts by six wickets in the final.

"It was kind of sad and hurtful knowing that we beat the two teams that were in the final... and we beat them easily. I think most of the fans were supporting West Indies to win the tournament. We were the talk of the tournament and to come and have a fluke like that against New Zealand it was very sad," he added.

Looking ahead to next year, Hosein is hoping he can build on his successes in 2012 and break into the national team.

Hosein, who has been a key member of the Queen's Park team over the last two seasons, also said he is looking forward to another good club season in 2013.

The Parkites won all three domestic titles in 2012—two-day, 50 overs and T20—to repeat their performance from the previous year. In 2013 they will be going for their third consecutive clean sweep.

Hosein noted: "The guys will be coming at us harder next year. We have people leaving teams and joining teams to strengthen up to see if they can beat us but the key to victory is that it (QPCC) is a team. It is not just a side you can join up. I think that is where our strength lies. We are a team."

And he anticipates another successful season for the Parkites next year.

"I think we can do it. I am not going to say it will be a walk in the park but definitely we can do it. Once we put in the hard work as usual, we can come back out with the three titles," he added.

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