Michael Katwaroo, a natural USA born cricket talent, commonly known as “Mikey,” was one of the success stories of a recent USA Cricket Academy Tour to Guyana.
From a very young age, Mikey was fascinated with, and developed a love for the game of cricket. Born with a natural talent, which he himself didn’t know until a later age when he began bowling the left-arm “chinaman.” He is perhaps the only left-arm chinaman bowler in the USA.
At a very young age Mikey began playing alongside international, national, and local cricketers, and has been a destructive bowler at times, even at a very young age. Now eighteen years old and perhaps one of the top leading wicket-takers in the USA at the Under-15/16 level, Mikey continues to impress the cricketing world, working very hard alongside his father and local cricketers in the community, taking tips and advice and working very diligently, while mastering his bowling techniques, fielding, batting and fitness.
Mikey was recently chosen by the USA Cricket Academy for a tour to Guyana, and as the skipper of the academy’s Under-15/16 squad. His side competed against some of the most talented young cricketers in Guyana, where he bagged 10 wickets in six matches. He captured 2 for 15 in 7 overs against Enmore, and took three outstanding catches. He took 4 for 35 in 7 overs against West Demerara, 3 for 25 in 6 overs against Demerara, at the Demerara Cricket Club ground, and 1 for 20 in 8 overs against Berbice at Everest Cricket Club ground.
As the skipper, he won one match against West Demerara, and earned the Man-of-the-Match award, presented by former West Indies Test player Ricardo Powell. He also received an award for Best Bowler of the Series.
Mikey said the tour to Guyana was one of the greatest learning experiences for him, because he had never played on a turf wicket before, but somehow managed to adapt to the conditions very quickly, and he thanks God for his overall performance. The young cricketer also wishes to thank the USA Cricket Academy organization and all the coaches and selectors, for believing in him, and affording him the opportunity to tour Guyana, and captain of the team.