3 Jamaicans in West Indies U19 training squad for 2020 World Cup
Three Jamaicans have been included in a West Indies Rising Star Under 19 squad to continue preparation for the ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa in January 2020.
The squad, which comprises 21 players, will take part in a 10-day camp in Antigua from September 13-23.
Daniel Beckford, Matthew Comerie and Kirk McKenzie are the Jamaicans selected in the squad.
Following the camp a squad will then be selected to participate in the first-ever tri-nation Under-19 Rising Stars One-Day International (ODI) series to be hosted in the Caribbean against England and Sri Lanka from December 6-21.
Twenty-one players have been selected by Cricket West Indies (CWI) for this camp, primarily based on performances in the West Indies Under-19 Rising Stars Championship held in St Vincent and The Grenadines.
CWI have also included three players who played in July’s West Indies Under-17 Rising Stars Championship in Trinidad And Tobago.
West Indies Under-19 Coach and CWI High Performance Manager, Graeme West said that the camp will focus on getting the players to understand the game strategies required to win an ICC Under-19 World Cup.
“We will be looking to establish player roles and the specific skills they will require to deliver winning performances, the skill work at the camp will be focused on producing greater consistency and efficiency for all situations, West said.
He continued: “We will work through game scenarios to build greater game awareness and understanding. Additional practice matches will be played to assess the progress that has been made and the learning that took place at the trial matches in St. Vincent.
“It’s also important that we formulate team values which underpin the behaviour, mindset and performance of the squad on and off the field.
Coach West further highlighted some players from the Under 19 setup, that the Caribbean cricket public can look out for based on his work with these young players during the last 12 months.
“Kimani Melius, who is the only player with first-class experience in the squad, Leonardo Julien, and Jayden Seales are three players who were part of the CWI Development Team that played in last year’s Super50, so they are the three senior players in the set up,'' said West.
The three Under 17s selected for the camp are Barbados all-rounder Jaden Leocock, who received the Most Valuable Player award at the Under-17 Rising Stars Championship, 15-year old seamer and fellow Barbadian Che Simmons, and middle-order batsman Teddy Bishop from Windward Islands/Grenada.
Coach West, CWI President Ricky Skerritt and Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams further addressed the significance of West Indies hosting the Tri-Series for the Under-19s Rising Stars.
“The fact that we are hosting the Tri-Series is quite a breakthrough for the program,'' said West.
“It will be very competitive cricket which the team needs before the World Cup. The Sri Lankan and English styles will be contrasting and provide our players with a different kind of challenge to those faced in Regional Cricket.”
Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams said, "this is a great opportunity for our Under-19 players to be involved in a Tri-Series just prior to the World Cup. For England and Sri Lanka to have seen similar benefit in accepting the invitation points to the value of the tournament beyond our borders. It also will mean the opportunity to tour their countries in reciprocal agreements in the future and these tours will have a role to play in the ongoing development of our young players.”
President Ricky Skerritt said, “it’s is a major step in our preparation for the World Cup and demonstrates another example of our “Cricket First” plan and how we will be committing greater investment into youth development for future returns and our long-term success.”
West Indies Rising Star Under 19 21-man camp squad:
Teddy Bishop (Under 17 player)
Che Simmons (Under 17 player)
Jaden Leacock (Under 17 player)