Test hopefuls to prove themselves against India 'A' next month

By June 13, 2019

Kraigg Brathwaite and Shamarh Brooks are to lead West Indies ‘A’ Test squad that will host India ‘A’ in three four-day ‘Tests’ starting next month.

Meanwhile, Roston Chase was named the captain of the One-Day squad that will play five ODI’s against the Indian team.

The “A” squads are comprised of a combination of players with international match experience and excellent performances in regional competitions over the last few years, led by the irrepressible Leeward Islands Hurricanes spin-bowling all-rounder, Rahkeem Cornwall.

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. West Indies head coach Floyd Reifer and Captain Jason Holder provided additional input.

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.”

Haynes rationalised the decision to choose two captains for the Test series.

“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,” Haynes said.

“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.”

He said it was felt that the regular Test players, who are available, should play the first and second four-day matches of the series as 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.

Concerning the selection of Chase for the ODI series, 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.”

“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,” he said.

Nine of the 15 players in the One-Day squad have played One-Day Internationals for the senior West Indies team; 10 of the players in the squad for the first and second “Tests” have played full international Tests for the senior side and six Test players will appear in the third match.

Squad for first two Tests: Kraigg Brathwaite (Captain), Sunil Ambris, Jermaine Blackwood, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Chemar Holder, Shermon Lewis, Raymon Reifer and Jomel Warrican.

Third ‘Test’ squad: Shamarh Brooks (Captain), Sunil Ambris, Jermaine Blackwood, Miguel Cummins, Akim Frazer, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Chemar Holder, Brandon King, Shermon Lewis, Raymon Reifer, Jeremy Solozano and Jomel Warrican.

 ODI squad: Roston Chase (Captain), Sunil Ambris, John Campbell, Jonathan Carter, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Akeem Jordan, Kjorn OTTLEY, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Rovman Powell, Raymond Reifer, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, and Devon Thomas.

The first ODI match is set for the Coolidge Cricket Ground on Thursday, July 11. The next two will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on Sunday, July 14 and Tuesday, July 16, respectively.

The action returns to the Coolidge Cricket Ground on Friday, July 19 for the fourth ODI and the fifth match on Sunday, July 21.

The first ‘Test’ will be staged at the Sir Vivian Richards Ground from Wednesday, July 24 to 27. Queens Park Oval will be the venue for the second ‘Test’ from Wednesday, July 31 to Saturday, August 3.

The final Test is set for the Brian Lara Cricket Academy from Tuesday, August 6 to Friday, August 9.

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