BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large, South/Central Bureau email@example.com
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Stephen Taylor, recently named captain of the USA Under-19 cricket team as well as a youthful USA senior squad to tour Canada, also has ambitions to play for the West Indies.
Taylor, who was born and grew up in the USA but whose parents are from Portland in eastern Jamaica, is now seeking eligibility to play for Manchester in domestic competitions.
The stocky 19-year-old is a hard-hitting batsman and part-time wicketkeeper, who says his long-term goal is to play for Jamaica and eventually the West Indies, which is a full-fledged Test-playing member of cricket's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC). The USA, a minor cricket-playing country, has associate status at ICC level.
"I love the game very much. I eat, sleep, everything is cricket...," Taylor told the Jamaica Observer Central recently as he watched a cricket match between Manchester and St Elizabeth at the Alpart Sports Club at Nain in St Elizabeth.
"The main reason I am in Jamaica now is to qualify myself to make the Jamaica team and to play for the West Indies," said Taylor.
Manager of the Manchester cricket team Danny Senior explained to Observer Central, that an application will be made to transfer Taylor from St Catherine Cricket Club for whom he played a match sometime ago.
"Without the transfer, he won't be eligible to play for Manchester, but we hope to have him sometime later this year," said Senior.