India 'A' tour of West Indies begins on Thursday
A crucial first stage of post World Cup 2019 building ahead of the inaugural 2020 ICC One-Day International league and 2023 World Cup will begin on Thursday when West Indies 'A' and India 'A' face-off in the first of five 50-over matches at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
This is the fourth 'A' team series organised by Cricket West Indies (CWI) under the current post-January 2017 tenures of Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams and CEO Johnny Grave. It coincides with the 10 point Skerritt/Shallow administration “Cricket First plan” of greater exposure of Under 23 and 19 players and enhancement of franchise system so that the best emerging Caribbean players and top domestic performers can be tested against high quality overseas opposition.
“This is a very important series against a very competitive opposition in India A”, said West Indies 'A' coach Esuan Crandon.
“We know the brand of cricket they play, with many fringe players that have played for India’s senior team or are pushing to be part of India’s senior team.
Overall we are very optimistic about our chances. I think we (Windies A) have a very good blend of experience and young players in this squad.”
The international experience members of this West Indies 'A' 50 overs squad is vast with only quartet Rakheem Cornwall, Akeem Jordan, Romario Shepherd, and Kjorn Ottley yet to feature in maroon colours.
“I’m expecting the experienced guys, especially those who were also involved in Ireland Tri-Series to lead from the front," Crandon further added.
Roston Chase (Captain)
FIRST AND SECOND TEST
Kraigg Brathwaite (Captain)
Shamarh Brooks (Captain)