Vere cricketer Allen taking Jamaica call-up in stride
Fabian Anthony Allen seems to be one for the future, having established himself as one of the best all-rounders in schoolboy cricket and earning a call-up to Jamaica's Select XI for a pair of warm-up games against touring New Zealand.
The 19-year-old, in his final year at Vere Technical High School, made 31 runs and took two wickets against the Kiwis in the recent drawn first encounter. He also ended the ISSA/Digicel Twenty20 competition as the leading all-rounder, producing with both bat and ball.
"It's been an excellent season for me and I feel great, the plan is always to go out there and represent my team well. I was out on injury and I came back with a plan and I stuck to it and it has elevated me to where I am now," Allen told the Sunday Observer.
Allen, who hails from St Elizabeth, said he started playing the game at Rose Hall All-Age when he was just nine years old. He has since went on to represent Jamaica at the Under-15 and Under-17 levels and was a member of the Regional Under-19 set up last year.
The recent stint for the national senior team was uncharted waters for him, but he said it was "no surprise" because he has "always been working hard to achieve such a feat".
"It was a great experience, I knew that once I continued to work hard and play to the best of my ability the opportunity would come. I have always been training with them (senior team), but this was my first time playing and I am looking forward to representing my country again at the senior level," said the Vere skipper.
The hard hitting right-handed batsman, who bowls left-arm slow orthodox, has every intention of furthering his education, while continuing to ply his trade in the sport that he loves.
"My next move will be to enrol in a university and continue to work hard, train hard and if another opportunity comes to represent Jamaica, I will grasp it with both hands as I hope to one day play for the West Indies senior team as well.
"I know it will be a difficult task but I am a very persistent individual who is willing to work for what I want and I have a plan, so once I stick to it and remain positive and confident, everything will take care of itself."
The second warm-up game against New Zealand begins tomorrow.