New Kid on the Block

April 2016 and Ian Bishop was bellowing into the commentary mic “Carlos Brathwaite,…Remember the name!!!” A moment no West Indies cricket supporter or viewer of the ICC T20 World Cup will ever forget. But fast forward a few months and to a different setting, the Hero Caribbean Premier League in the West Indies, new talent was unearthed. Now I tell you….Remember the name Kesrick Williams.
Kesrick Omari Kenal Williams of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is my pick for the breakout West Indies star of 2016-2017. Carlos Brathwaite had World Cup heroics but Kesrick is the man with consistency. A relative unknown, he made his domestic debut with the Windward Islsnds in 2011 then transferred to the Combined Campuses and Colleges in the regional tournaments. However it was during Hero CPL 2016 that everyone took notice, particularly the West Indies Cricket Board and international T20 leagues. 
Kesrick was drafted by the Jamaica Tallawahs, playing in all 13 of the team’s matches and finishing the tournament as the Tallawahs highest wicket taker with 17 in total and third overall in the tournament. He got a call up as a replacement for Andre Russell on the West Indies T20 squad in the UAE for a 3-match series against Pakistan. Needless to say the rest is history.
He was once again selected into the Windies team to face Pakistan again in a home T20 series in the Caribbean. It turns out he was the most consistent bowler of all the Windies bowlers. The West Indies lost the series 3-1, but Kesrick’s career has certainly been bolstered by his successfully consistent performance. I know it’s going to be all upward mobility for this talented young cricketer. ​
I was fortunate to participate in an exclusive interview, done by the WICB with Kesrick about his rise and performance in international cricket.

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