Cariah, Ottley credit Preysal for HPC stints
By RENALDO MATADEEN Thursday, June 14 2012
CLICO Preysal duo, Yannic Cariah, and Kjorn Ottley, have hailed the brotherhood and youth development at the Trinidadian club as influential in their grooming.
Due to this both Cariah and Ottley have earned themselves stints at the Sagicor High Performance Centre in Barbados where further development can take place.
Both players expressed disappointment that Preysal was relegated to the TTCB Championship but believed that they had the talent to rebound given the club’s penchant for producing star cricketers.
“The group of youngsters at Preysal have been playing together and grown for at least five years so it would be best if we stick around and get the team back up to the Premiership again. I think we were the youngest team this season in the Premiership and lacked some experience but I think we can do the job and get promoted,” stated TT all-rounder Cariah.
They commended Camal Basdeo and Preysal management for nurturing fellow players such as Yannick Ottley, Strassark Sankar and Stephen Katwaroo. “We tried our best to learn every game and keep improving as a team.
We must execute our plans and train and improve as a unit. We were together from a tender age and this is a youngsters club and a fantastic place to aspire to be a great cricketer. It’s a great setup and a huge reason why I got into the HPC,” added Cariah.
Ottley (K) echoed Cariah’s sentiments on their demotion but still drew comfort from their run to the TTCB T20 finals where they lost to Queen’s Park. “The majority of Preysal played youth cricket together and this helped me in bettering my batting ability and it showed with my acceptance into the HPC. Preysal helped me hone my game a lot. I enjoyed playing with my brother (Yannick) and I think we won’t have a problem coming back up to the Premiership. Preysal made me ready for the HPC challenge,” he ended.