Scorpions arrive in T&T for start of 2020 Regional 4-Day Tournament
The Jamaica Scorpions have arrived in Trinidad and Tobago for their opening fixture of the 2020 WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament against the Red Force.
Recently appointed head coach Andre Coley and the selection panel of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) named a 13-man squad for the tournament. A last-minute adjustment was made to the squad when Nkrumah Bonner had to be withdrawn due to illness. He was replaced by Paul Palmer Jr.
The squad features experienced Jamaican players, some of whom have represented the West Indies, along with Grenadian newcomer Denis Smith.
“I’m happy for the opportunity to be in this Jamaican team. Having participated in the Super50 really gave me the chance to bond with the Scorpions and become more comfortable and confident in how I express myself on the pitch. The real test begins from the first ball of this competition to the very last and we are all ready to make a positive statement,” Smith said.
New captain John Campbell is relishing the opportunity to apply the lessons he learned from his most recent West Indies exploits.
“I have continued to improve my game in the various formats and the opportunities I have received to represent the Windies, especially in 2019, have prepared me to stand up and be counted. We have a team of strong, resilient players who are constantly developing. Along with the level of preparation we have gone through, I know our desire to make Jamaica proud will lead us to do great things in this tournament,” noted Campbell.
Speaking to the level of preparation leading up to the team’s departure, coach Coley added, “the lads are sharp and match-fit. We had three consecutive weeks of simulation games where strengths were enhanced and weaknesses addressed. This is not a perfect outfit but they are committed to cricketing excellence. I have seen improvements and now it just remains to deliver consistently good performances. That is the key here.”
He continued, “talent and technical ability abound in this squad; once they all perform to their potential consistently, then the good results will come. The approach literally has to be ball-by-ball. It will require intense concentration."
Following this week’s opening fixture away to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force from January 9–12 the Scorpions will host two consecutive home fixtures at Sabina Park. Those matches are against Windward Islands Volcanoes from January 16-19 and Barbados Pride from January 26-29.