The Honourable E. P. Chet Greene, Minister of Trade, Industry, Commerce, Sports, Culture and National Festivals, has offered congratulations to West Indies fast bowler, Alzarri Joseph on being awarded the Junior Sportsman of the Year by the Caribbean Sports Journalists Association (CSJA) awards committee.
The winners were selected from the final list of 49 nominees which included Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Jamaica St. Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago. The Nominees represented Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Paralympics and Swimming.
Minister Greene cites this award as great motivation to the youths of Antigua & Barbuda, and considers Alzarri's rise from schoolboy cricketer to international cricketer to be both structured and sustainable; "Alzarri would have honed his skills in the schools programme of the Ministry of Sports, and still whilst a teenager and barely out of school, has gone on to represent the West Indies. This is a tremendous achievement, which must be heralded and one that offers hope to the youths of this country."
Alzarri has represented Antigua & Barbuda at all age group levels, and played a leading part in the victorious West Indies Under 19 team that won the 2016 ICC Under 19 World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year. He subsequently made his international debut on August 9, versus India in a test match in St Lucia.
Minister Greene concludes, "Alzarri has certainly laid down the template, it is now up to us as a country to replicate this success story over and over again. We as a government, we as a ministry, we as a people must continue to support and encourage Alzarri, and nurture this product into a successful international brand."