Bennett: JA youths must grab opportunity

Jamaica Star article.

KIngston, Jamaica - National coach and selector, Junior Bennett, wants the predominantly large cadre of young and inexperienced players selected to represent Jamaica in two matches against touring New Zealand to make full use of the opportunity.

The matches, which will be played at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, will prelude the playing of the first Test between West Indies and New Zealand at Sabina Park, starting on June 8.

The first match, a two-dayer, will be played between May 29 and 30, and the second, a three-dayer, between July 2 and 4.

"The decision was taken to select a majority of young players in a bid to give them a chance to prove themselves," said Bennett.

"It's therefore a good opportunity for them to show us what they have to offer, which will help us in the selection of national teams going forward."

The players, several of whom participated in the recent WICB Four-day Tournament, form the backbone of Jamaica's 22-member squad.

Top among the list will be former national Under-19 double winning captain Paul Palmer, who will lead in the absence of Tamar Lambert.

The 22-year-old Palmer, a left-handed batsman, represented the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) in two matches during the first-class season.

Another noteworthy selection is former West Indies Under-19 middle-order batsman, Shacaya Thomas, who too represented the CCC.

Thomas finished the four-day tournament as the second highest runs scorer with 548 runs at a tournament best average of 45.66.

The squad, which has leg-spinner Odean Brown as its lone senior player, also include openers John Campbell and Jon-Ross Campbell, batsman Andre McCarthy, wicketkeeper Horace Miller, and leg-spinner, Damion Jacobs.

"The players we selected are talented players, as demonstrated by some of their performances this season, and as such should equip themselves well, Bennett said."

First Published In The Jamaica Star.

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 04:52