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(SNO) – According to a post on the Saint Lucia Cricket Facebook page, a page operated by the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association, 17-year-old Babonneau Secondary and West Indies Under-19 batsman Kimani S Melius has been called up to the West Indies B squad.
Melius has reportedly been selected to the B team for a tour to Canada to play both Twenty20 and 50-over matches.
Reacting to the news of his selection, he asserted that as of Tuesday night (August 14) the team had not been formally announced by Cricket West Indies, but that having been contacted by CWI officials, he was looking forward to that announcement and confirmation of travel arrangements.
“Well, it’s not official as yet. The team has not been released, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed, and further details have to be given. I have not been given any itinerary as yet, so I don’t know what my travelling days are like. Making the West Indies B team would be an honour and a privilege for me at 17 years of age. I can ask nothing better than that. I just have to take this opportunity in both my hands, and enjoy it.”
Melius, who holds the record for schoolboy cricket in Saint Lucia, as well as the record for the highest score ever attained in Saint Lucia, has over 24 triple-figure scores to his credit at various levels.
He hails from the community of Boguis, Babonneau, but plays for Gros Islet in domestic cricket.
Currently on duty with the Windward Islands, as they play the Cricket West Indies Under-19 tournament, he was a member of the West Indies youth team to the ICC Under-19 World Cup earlier this year.
So far, Melius has had two good starts in the three-day tournament, including a half century in the opening game.
In his typical belligerent style, he has scored quickly, but as of yet he has been unable to build on those early gains.
Among his goals with the Under-19 competition, he says he intends to approach the game with a positive mindset, but also to carry on and make big totals, and to help his team win.