Belize player to benefit from Argentina Experience

Sun, Dec 13, 2009 2:57 PM

Belize player to benefit from Argentina Experience
Thanks to a joint ICC Americas and Cricket Argentina initiative, a young player from Belize has ended up in Argentina with the specific purpose of improving his playing and coaching skills. Belize national team player, Conway Young, arrived in Argentina for the summer season, and will be based there until April next year, after the domestic season ends.

The 21-year-old Young burst onto the regional cricket scene in 2004, at an Affiliates tournament in Panama, when he scored a brilliant 117 against Suriname at the age of 16. In fact he had made an auspicious entrance to senior cricket the previous year, when aged just 15, he had played against the touring MCC team.

His exploits on the field, and undoubted potential, saw Young invited to Trinidad & Tobago for a two week training camp along with members of the West Indies U15 squad, and since then he has been a fixture in the Belize senior national team. However, lack of further opportunities, and conditions in Belize have meant his progress has been somewhat limited.

For Conway Young, cricket is a way of life, and his dream is to gather the skills and abilities in order to develop cricket with young children in Belize. "My dad was a cricketer, and I started playing at school when I was six, during breaks. Ever since I can remember, cricket has been very important to me, and I know how important it is to the people in Belize, so hopefully I can become a good coach for the youngsters back home."

With some financial assistance from ICC Americas, and further assistance financially and logistically from the Argentine Cricket Association, Young is now involved in the ACA Development Programme, coaching young Argentines, as well as playing as much as possible in domestic competitions. In his first appearance at Premier League level, he impressed locals with a fine innings of 42.

Cricket Argentina CEO Grant Dugmore was an important part of the process of getting Conway to Argentina. "I was fortunate to have witnessed Conway?s century in 2004, and have always believed in his potential, not just as a cricketer, but as a person and potential cricket educator as well. Opportunities for players and coaches from Affiliate countries are so limited, so in appreciating what Full Members and bigger Associates have done for young Argentine players in the past, I saw no reason why we as an Associate couldn?t simply assist the development of an Affiliate player, and hopefully also then assist with cricket development in Belize in a wider manner."

"Conway will be fully absorbed into our development program activities, thus developing his skills as a coach, plus he will be training with the national squad regularly, and playing as high a standard of cricket as often as possible. Hopefully once he returns to Belize he will have taken on board plenty of experience, as a player, coach and in general areas of cricket development, and he can then use that experience to benefit the development activities in Belize."

Conway is fully appreciative of the opportunity that has been presented to him. "My ambitions used to be more selfish, about what I wanted to achieve as a player only, but now all I am focused on is becoming more experienced so that I can be a benefit for cricket in Belize. I am so grateful to ICC Americas and Argentina for this chance, and I will be working very hard over the summer to make sure it is a good investment for everyone."

Regional Development Manager, Martin Vieira, said: "This is a classic example of how some Member countries can help others to develop, I thank the ACA for their continued commitment in assisting other countries in the Americas."

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