Allen ready to take World Cup by storm

While he has acknowledged that the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup will be a challenge, Fabian Allen believes the time is right for him to make his mark on the world stage.

The 23-year-old Jamaican left-arm spinner is one of two specialist spinners selected in the West Indies’ 15-man squad for the World Cup which bowls off on May 30 in England.

And despite the fact that he is yet to take an ODI wicket for the Windies after four matches, Allen is confident he can produce at the highest level.

“I’m always glad for the opportunity, so I will just go out there and make it count. The world is looking upon me so I’m just going to go out there and execute.

“It is a good challenge, but I don’t back down from any challenge. It’s all about execution and it’s all about determination and once you have determination you’re going to get successful results, so I just have to go out there and play the cricket,” Allen said following the end of a two-week camp at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

He said the presence of fellow Jamaicans Chris Gayle and the dynamic Andre Russell was welcomed as they were always willing to lend their support and give helpful advice.

Allen, who made his ODI debut during the tour of Bangladesh last year, lauded the camp for getting the players in shape for the upcoming Tri-Nations Series against Ireland and Bangladesh.

“The two-week camp brought my fitness level up and I’m looking to executing in the Ireland series coming up,” Allen said.