This week on People Profile: Wavell Hinds (Professional Cricketer).

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This week on People Profile: Wavell Hinds (Professional Cricketer).
Professional cricket is a tough and competitive career. Only a few talented individuals become professionals and fewer still make it as a top international player.
 
Playing cricket on the international circuit is an arduous job, with an unrelenting schedule and few rest days. There are a number of different types of tournaments, ranging from the traditional regional championship league, where each match is played over three or four days, to one-day competitions.
 
Major games, one-day cricket and international matches attract large crowds, but players must get used to playing in virtually empty grounds too.
As well as playing in matches, cricketers spend a lot of time practicing their batting, bowling and fielding. This may be carried out with coaches on their own grounds, or they may be selected to attend special local or regional training academies.
 
This week on People Profile we have as our guest Wavell Hinds world renown Cricketer.
 
Dr.C
Welcome Wavell, please tell us a little about your background.
 
Wavell Hinds
I was born in Fletcher’s Land Kingston, and grew up in Portmore St Catherine. I attended Independence City All Age (1983-88), Camperdown High School (1988-96) and the UWI Mona Campus (2011-14). I started playing cricket at the age of 6 years old. Started playing competitive cricket in 1988 at Camperdown High. I played Colts (U-16) and Sunlight Cup (U-19), I captained both teams between 1991-96. Kensington Cricket Club in 1990 and played Minor Cup, Junior Cup and Senior Cup until 2010. I captained the Senior Cup team from 2003-2009. I represented Jamaica U-19 (1994-96), I was captain in 1996 and the Senior Team between 1996 to 2011, captaining the team from 2005-07, then again in 2011. I represented the West Indies from 1999-2010. I also played for Derbyshire County Cricket Club from 2008-09.
My football career was from 1989-95. I played Pepsi (U-13) in 1989, Colts (U-16) in 1992 and Manning Cup (U-19) in 1993-95 and I was the captain for all three teams.
Thereafter, I matriculated to the University of Technology in 1996 before going on a leave of absence, to pursue my professional cricket career.
 
Dr.C
Wow! wicked! ….what lead you to choose cricket as a sport?
 
Wavell Hinds
Simply put, it’s a game i fell in love with at the age of 6. And I got unwavering support and guidance from first my father, Mr Ambrose Hinds and then from school and club coaches.
 
Dr.C
What was your first match like?
 
Wavell Hinds
It was very stressful, because I was nervous. But it went well. Camperdown High played Ardenne High.
 
Dr.C
In your career, who were your main rivals? Were there any tense matches?
 
Wavell Hinds
I would say the international bowlers were the fiercest rivals. Because at that level, there’s not a lot of room for errors. The matches are always tense. Those games were a true test of my character, resolve, patience, and self-belief.
 
Dr.C
What was your favorite/most memorable match?
 
Wavell Hinds
The Champions Trophy finals versus England at the Oval, London. We won the game from a position of steering defeat in its face. It was also during the period when the Caribbean just experienced hurricane Ivan. As such, the win brought a great sense of pride to the entire region and the diaspora.
 
Dr.C
What was the strangest match? Why?
 
Wavell Hindss
It was a One Day International versus India in India. We score about 290 in 50 overs. India in reply were 200 without loss from 20 overs. The game was called off because our teammate Vasbert Drakes was stoned by the spectators, which forced a premature end to the game.
 
Dr.C
Wow! Do you enjoy playing at home?
 
Wavell Hinds
Yes Dr.C, it’s always a deep pleasure to represent my people on our shores. They certainly enjoy it.
 
Dr.C
What is the most famous team/player that came to Jamaica?
 
Wavell Hinds
I would have to say……Brian Lara.
 
Dr.C
Yes I would say the same my friend. Are you affiliated with any cricket club? If so please Tell us about your club?
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Wavell Hinds
Yes Sir, Kensington Cricket Club, It’s situated in Rollington Town Jamaica and was founded in 1879. It has produced players of the calibre of Patrick Patterson, Lawrence Rowe, Alfred Valentine, Richard Austin, Hurbert Chang, Basil Williams, Robert Haynes and Laurie Williams. It’s one of the pillows of Jamaican and West Indies Cricket.
 
Dr.C
What is the club’s relationship with local schools?
 
Wavell Hinds
The club is the center that continue the molding of all young talent from the neighboring school, communities and beyond.
 
Dr.C
Have you played with/against any greats?
 
Wavell Hinds
I had the privilege of playing with the Honorable Courtney Walsh, Sir Courtney Ambrose, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Chris Gayle.
 
Dr.C
Do you have any funny/interesting/strange stories about matches?
 
Wavell Hinds
I’ve played against Shane Warne, Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Sachin Tendulkar and Allan Donald.
Nothing over top.
 
Dr.C
How important is playing cricket to you?
 
Wavell Hinds
It was everything to me. The passion that grew in me, made me very committed, single-minded and I wanted to be a student of the game.
 
Dr.C
Do you have any funny/interesting/strange stories about matches?
 
Wavell Hinds
No, I don’t have any.
 
Dr.C
What is your take on the Chris Gayle saga ?
 
Wavell Hinds
Can’t comment.
 
Dr.C
Well… you just did! lol..
BMW or BENZ ?
 
Wavell Hinds
Can’t afford either.
 
Dr.C
Bmw or benz was asking about your preference….lol
 
Wavell Hinds
Well in that case Dr.C, i will have to say BMW.
 
Dr.C
lol Kite or marble?
 
Wavell Woac Hinds
Dr.C it’s been a while since i played both…lol… a long while! But i still love my marble.
 
Dr.C
Wavell People Profile appreciate your time and effort and completing this interview walk good my friend. It would be a pleasure to have you as a presenter at the 2016 People Profile Awards in Sunrise Florida.
 
Wavell Hinds
Respect every time my Solum brother. I will be there for sure Doc. Stay bless..
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