Dhaka, Sep 25 : Opening batsman Andre Fletcher says his desire to regain his place in the senior West Indies squad is the driving force behind his recent batting success.
Fletcher top scored with 51 in High Performance Centre’s second tour match against Bangladesh A, currently under way, after scoring a century in the opening tour match against Bangladesh Cricket Academy last week, reports CMC.
He and his teammates have been following the senior side at the ICC World Twenty20 Tournament in nearby Sri Lanka and this has helped to fuel Fletcher’s desire on the trip.
“I am very eager to get back into the mix-up with the senior West Indies squad,” said Fletcher.
“I am working very hard. I know it will be tough, but I am prepared to put in the long, hard yards and with the grace of God, everything will fall into place. I will get back onto the big stage and get a chance to showcase my talent once again."
Fletcher was a member of the senior West Indies side that took part in the last two ICC World Twenty20 tournaments in England three years ago and the following year in the Caribbean.
He says he has benefited from the three months already spent at the High Performance Centre and has learnt to identify his strengths and how to use them to his advantage.
“I have been working on a number of my technical flaws at the Sagicor HPC and so far things have been working out for me. I am also preparing myself mentally for the challenge and I have been getting my confidence back, and it has shown in these two matches,” said Fletcher.
“I have also come to grips with my weaknesses - how to counter them, how to have a game plan. These are some of the things that I have been putting into practice in the two matches that we have played and it was worked for me.”
The Grenadian batsman, opening the HPC innings, led the way with 51, but Enamul Haque Jr undermined the visitors’ batting with 7-45 from 18.5 overs of left-arm spin, as the visitors crumbled to 147 all out, replying to Bangladesh A’s first innings total of 199.