By Sean Devers
Bridgetown Barbados – A popular Guyanese proverb is ‘Kill two birds with one stone’ which means achieving two results with one opportunity.
And that is exactly what former Guyana U-15 and U-17 Captain Shaquille Williams has been doing since he came to Barbados in 2014.
“I seized the opportunity of being granted a scholarship to read for my Undergraduate degree while representing the University at a semi-pro level,” said the 23-year-old who understands the importance of balancing Sports and Academics.
Williams who led the Guyana U-15’s in 2009 and Guyana U-17’s in 2010 in Trinidad, represents the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus) in the Barbados division One and Elite Leagues and was in the Combined Colleges and Campuses (CCC) Training Squad when that team participated in the Regional Super50 last year.
The talented Williams, the son of Deborah McNichol and Leonard Williams, developed an interest in Cricket from watching the great West Indies team from a tender age.
“I played lots of casual cricket in my backyard and at High School,” informed the multitalented young man who attended Starters Nursery; Sacred Heart Primary; St Josephs’ High School; University of Guyana and now UWI here.
Primarily an off-spinner when he played for Malteenoes in Guyana, Williams has developed into batting all-rounder.
“The standard of cricket in Barbados is evidently higher than that at home with stronger opponents, faster pitches, better playing surfaces, better grounds and a way better administrative structure,” stated Williams, who is enjoying his time here.
According to Williams, who will complete his BSC in Banking & Finance in December, his personal performance has been rollercoaster-like due the nature of UWI’s Development Programme.
“While I have learnt a lot from being around the senior players, because we have a large roster with First Class and West Indies players, I haven’t been able to consistently play the role I’m accustomed to at home,” Williams lamented.
“I’m definitely looking forward to playing cricket at home since I’ve been consistently working hard at my game for some-time now regardless of not seeing the immediate desired results in terms of bowling more in Barbados cricket,” Williams informed.
Williams intends to focus on cricket for the next two years and says he has spoken to TDO of the GCB Colin Stuart about playing in the GCB’s Franchise League when he goes home. He is also desirous of being involved in Guyana’s Cricket.
“It would be my dream to represent my Country on the cricket field or in any other capacity,” said Williams, who sees himself in the next five years as a Professional cricketer or a certified Financial Analyst, depending on which works out.
Williams says his favourite cricketer apart from Carl Hooper, is Kevin Pietersen because of his uniquely applied technique to batting and immaculate self-belief, while his hobbies include Intimate idea sharing, playing other sports and watching stand up comedies.
The youngster is very involved with the Guyana Student Society at UWI and was recently awarded for one of his presentations.
“Being a student-athlete, away from home, has made me mature faster in many aspects and raised my awareness of the importance of prioritizing Academics along with Sports which can be a game changer for our Guyanese society,” Williams concluded.
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