2 Jamaicans named in West Indies U15 squad to tour England
Two Jamaicans have been named in a 14-member West Indies Under-15 squad for a tour of England to take part in a series of matches sponsored by the Barmy Army.
The Jamaicans called to the squad are Jordan Johnson, a right-hand batsman, and leg-spinner and Steven Wedderburn, a left-hand batsman and left-arm medium pacer.
Johnson captained Jamaica in Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional Under-15 Tournament in Antigua and Barbuda from April 11-21.
Left-arm spinners Andrew Rambarran from Trinidad and Tobago and Nathan Sealy from Barbados have been appointed co-captains for the trip.
The selection panel, comprising all of the head coaches of the teams that participated in this year’s West Indies Under-15 Championship as well as CWI high-performance coach Graeme West made the recommendation for the captains.
“The panel has identified Nathan and Andrew as two potential leaders and that they should be given the opportunity to share the captaincy during the period of the tour,” said West.
“When one is captain, the other will be vice-captain. Both young men have led their respective sides during the recent West Indies Under-15 Championship and were impressive.”
It’s the fourth straight year that CWI has invested in sending an Under-15 side to England to play in the Barmy Army sponsored series.
“Selection for the West Indies Under-15s is a significant step on the development pathway to representing the West Indies at the elite level. This tour gives these players a great opportunity and experience as a squad to develop their skills in different cricket conditions but also to develop their teamwork and build camaraderie with new teammates,” said West.
“It’s also an important part of CWI’s ongoing development and investment plans for youth cricket at every age group, especially since some of this group are likely to be wearing the maroon shirt more and more as they aim to progress through to Under 17 and Under 19 level.”
The squad will play a series of matches against local opposition on the trip culminating in a match against England’s Barmy Army Under-15 Colts on August 18.
Nathan Sealy (co-captain)
Andrew Rambaran (co-captain)
TEAM MANAGEMENT UNIT
Steve Liburd (Head Coach/Manager)
Brian Browne (Assistant Coach)
Phyllis Burnett (Physiotherapist)
Thu 8: Tour Match vs South Hempstead CC Invitation XI (25 overs) – Willesden
Fri 9: West Indies Under-15s vs Hertfordshire EPP (50 overs) – Merchant Taylor’s School
Sun 11: West Indies Under-15s vs Northamptonshire Under-15s (50 overs) – Venue TBC
Mon 12: West Indies Under-15s vs England SW (T20)
Mon 12: West Indies Under-15s vs London & East Regions U15s (T20) – Merchant Taylor’s School
Wed 14: West Indies Under-15s vs London Schools CA (50 overs) – Enfield
Fri 16: West Indies Under-15s vs North & Midlands Combined Under-15s – Loughborough
Sun 18: West Indies Under-15s vs England’s Barmy Army Colts – Venue to be decided