St. John’s Antigua- National and Leeward Islands top-order batsman, Sylvester “Bouncing” Joseph, has welcomed fresh blood into the administrating of cricket and has placed confidence in the ability of newly elected President Zorol Barthley to move the game of cricket forward in the twin-island state.
The player also acknowledged the input of former president, Enoch Lewis.
“My hearty congratulations to Zorol and I must give honour to former president Enoch Lewis for the tremendous work he has done for the past maybe 20 years. From ever since I have been playing he has been the president and I think that it is not easy for someone to take the responsibility and he did that,” Barthley said.
“People may say whatsoever they want to say but I think that he led with his hands up and really did something for Antiguan cricket; but now that we have a new president, it’s time to move on and see what the new president brings. Fresh ideas will probably bring some new impetus into the cricket.”
Joseph said he is looking forward to working with Barthley as they have had and continue to share a good relationship in terms of cricket.
“From ever since, he has been the one that took care of me from a very tender age. He took me under his wings and he led me in a way to show me the ins and outs of life and so forth from a very tender age so our relationship has been very good. He has been a father figure, a big brother to me for so long so our relationship has been very good and I don’t think it is going to change,” the senior cricketer said.
Joseph will lead a 14-member Leeward Islands squad during the 2013 WICB Caribbean Twenty20 tournament slated to bowl off tomorrow in Trinidad and Tobago and St Lucia who are joint hosts of the event.