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Arthurton wants successful U-15 team kept together

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Former West Indies batsman and current regional Under-15 coach Keith Arthurton has called on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to keep the side together for further development programmes.

The buoyant Arthurton was still basking after West Indies beat Pakistan by 89 runs in the final of the CLICO International Under-15 Championships at the Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain on Sunday.

"I believe that this group of players are the best talent at present at Under-15 level in the Caribbean," Nevisian Arthurton said.

"I hope that the West Indies Cricket Board will keep them together for further development at the Under-17 and 19 levels.

"They played like true champions. The batting was disciplined, the fielding was very good and the bowlers bowled the correct line and put the ball in the right places," added Arthurton.

West Indies, behind solid all-round performances, also reached the final of the knockout phase of the tournament a fortnight ago before losing-by two runs-to Pakistan.

The last time a similar tournament-the Costcutter U15 World Championship-was played eight years ago in England, West Indies defeated Pakistan in the final which was played at Lord's.

Gus Logie coached that 2000 championship winning team. He had made similar pronouncements then, urging for the unit to be kept together, which did not materialise.

Assistant coach Kenny Benjamin said the players had stuck to their game plan well and deserved the victory.

"The players executed the game plan to perfection. They lifted their game and once they played to their true potential, it was very difficult to beat them," Antiguan Benjamin, a former Windies fast bowler, pointed out.

"I thought that after the knock-out final against Pakistan in St Kitts, the team worked very hard in the league championship and this is just reward for their hard and dedicated work," Benjamin added. -CMC
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