St. John’s, Antigua, June 13 - (www.bcacricket.org) – Three Barbadians will captain West Indies ‘A’ teams in the one-day and four-day “Test” series against India “A” in the Caribbean, starting next month.
All-rounder Roston Chase will lead the side in the series of five one-day matches - all to be played in Antigua at the Coolidge and Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds.
The captaincy of the “Test” squad will be split between Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite for the first two of three matches and batsman Shamarh Brooks for the last. Those matches will be played in Antigua and Trinidad.
The squads were chosen by the interim selection panel, chaired by Robert Haynes with the assistance of former West Indies opener Stuart Williams and former Barbados Pride chairman of selectors Hendy Wallace. Additional input was provided by interim West Indies head coach Floyd Reifer and captain Jason Holder.
With the series acting as a trial for a number of hopefuls for both teams and overlapping with the series duel between the senior teams of the two sides, West Indies “A” will make five changes to the squad for the final “Test.”
Nine of the 15 players in the One-Day squad have played One-Day Internationals; 10 of the players in the squad for the first and second “Tests” have played Tests and six Test players will appear in the third match.
Brathwaite, fellow opener John Campbell, Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall and wicket-keeper/batsman Shane Dowrich will leave to join the senior team’s preparation camp for the two-match Test series between West Indies and India which starts on August 22 in Antigua.
On the appointment of Chase as One-Day captain, Haynes said: “The discussion was based on our desire to expose leadership in order to be able to have a wider pool of players with such experience. In our estimation, Roston is the right person to lead the team during this series as one of the players with significant international experience and we believe that the experience can be personally beneficial as well for his game.”
In relation to the appointment of Brathwaite and Brooks as four-day captains, Haynes said: “As the incumbent vice-captain of the senior West Indies Test team, this will allow Kraigg to continue to get the opportunity to develop his leadership skills and he is best placed to galvanise the team during these vital games for our preparation.
“Shamarh has been captaining the ‘A’ team for some time now and as such it would be best for continuity that he gains more exposure in this role.”
Ans on the “A” team players for the “Test” series, Haynes remarked: “It was felt that the regular Test players who are available should play the first and second Four-Day matches of this series. This would be part of their preparation for the upcoming senior team Tests against the Indian senior team, as they would have had limited red-ball match practice in recent times.
“As such, the squad for the third Four-Day match will have five replacement players. This will allow the regular Test players to gain recovery time before they enter the preparation camp for the Tests against the Indian senior team.”
One-day: Roston Chase (captain), Jonathan Carter, Shane Dowrich (Barbados Pride), Sunil Ambris (Windward Islands Volcanoes), Rahkeem Cornwall, Devon Thomas (Leeward Islands Hurricanes), John Campbell, Rovman Powell (Jamaica Scorpions), Akeem Jordan, Kjorn Ottley (Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners), Keemo Paul, Raymon Reifer, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd (Guyana Jaguars), Khary Pierre (Trinidad & Tobago Red Force).
1st & 2nd “Tests: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Chemar Holder, Jomel Warrican (Barbados Pride), Sunil Ambris, Shermon Lewis (Windward Islands Volcanoes), Jermaine Blackwood, John Campbell (Jamaica Scorpions), Rahkeem Cornwall (Leeward Islands Hurricanes), Raymon Reifer (Guyana Jaguars).
3rd “Test”: Shamarh Brooks (captain), Miguel Cummins, Chemar Holder, Jomel Warrican (Barbados Pride), Sunil Ambris, Shermon Lewis (Windward Islands Volcanoes), Jermaine Blackwood, Akim Frazer, Brandon King (Jamaica Scorpions), Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge (Leeward Islands Hurricanes), Raymon Reifer (Guyana Jaguars), Jeremy Solozano (Trinidad & Tobago Red Force).
SCHEDULE (NB: All matches start at 9:30 a.m.)
Thursday, July 11: 1st one-day, Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
Sunday, July 14, 2nd one-day, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua.
Tuesday, July 16: 3rd one-day, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
Friday, July 19: 4th one-day, Coolidge Cricket Ground.
Sunday, July 21: 5th one-day, Coolidge Cricket Ground.
Wednesday, July 24 to Saturday, July 27: 1st “Test”, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
Wednesday, July 31 to Saturday, August 3: 2nd “Test”, Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad.
Tuesday, August 6 to Friday, August 9: 3rd “Test”, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad.