Dominica: The Government of Dominica hosted the welcome ceremony for West Indies Under 19 captain Stephen Pascal for the achievements and contributions he made over the years for his team, West Indies.
The ceremony was attended by Acting Minister of Sports, Senator Oscar George; the President of Dominica Cricket Association, Clement Marsler; the President of Dominica Cricket Academy, Emmanuel Nanton; the second vice-president of Dominica Cricket Association, Jamie John Baptist; Sports coordinator, Trevor Shillingford and Stephen Pascal.
Notably, Stephen Pascal captained the West Indies Under-19 team, and the team finished in third place in the super sixth stage of the tournament. The team was not able to make it to the semi-finals, but the unwavering commitment and dedication of Stephen Pascal and the rest of the team were hugely appreciated by the sports authorities and the citizens of the nation.
Trevor Shillingford stated, “We are quite satisfied that here in Dominica, we are able to provide the rest of the Caribbean with a leader, and that leader is Stephan Pascal.”
It was also mentioned by him that it was the first time in history that somebody from Dominica had captained the West Indies team.
Moreover, Stephan Pascal was also the captain of the West Indies Under-15 and Under-19 teams. He also led the Windward Islands under-18 and under-19.
The sports coordinator also added, “Please do not think that getting to the under nineteen is the end of the road. You have to continue putting in the hard work.”
Emmanuel Nanton extended gratitude to Stephan Pascal’s family for their continuous and tremendous support to Stephan Pascal. He added that Stephan has a lot of talent, but without the support of the family, he would not be here.
While mentioning other players, he said that two members were on their way to Dominica from Australia, as two people were representing the West Indies team in their series against Australia. He also added that three ladies are training in Antigua for the women’s team. He also talked about another young lady who is training at Posmo for the win in under-19 as well.
Furthermore, Stephan Pascal was also appreciated by the Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, for scoring his maiden half-century as the team beat England in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
While appreciating his innings, PM Skerrit took to his social media account and stated, “Congratulations to Dominica’s Stephan Pascal on his maiden half-century as the West Indies beat England in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup. Good going, Skipper.”