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Dad, coach proud of Shai

EZRA STUART, [email protected]

Dad, coach proud of Shai

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DADDY IAN HOPE was at Kensington Oval yesterday for his son Shai Hope’s debut appearance in Test cricket, but mummy Quinta was so overcome with emotion that she opted to stay at home.

“She can’t really handle it. It is the nerves, but if she only knew that the West Indies would’ve been fielding, she might’ve been here,” said Ian in an interview with SATURDAY SPORT as he explained the absence of his wife, a former netballer with Sunbirds.

The 21-year-old Hope became the West Indies’ 302nd Test cricketer when he was selected for the third and final Test against England.

“This is a feeling which you can’t really explain where you are looking forward for it to happen, but although it has happened you are still amazed, but it is a great feeling,” said Ian, noting he would try to encourage his wife to watch Shai’s maiden Test innings today. (EZS)

Please read the full story in today’s Saturday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.