Gayle replaces Lambert as JA skipper

Jamaica Star article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Long-standing national four-day captain, Tamar Lambert, is no longer the captain of the national Super50 team.

The 33-year-old will be replaced by Chris Gayle, who was appointed yesterday on the recommendation of the new Wavell Hinds-chaired national selection panel.

STAR Sports understands that Gayle's appointment was ratified during a board meeting yesterday.

It is also understood that questions were raised about Gayle's hamstring injury as well as his availability during the meeting.

However, upon hearing reports from the panel that Gayle is expected to be fit in time for the January 30 start of the tournament, as well as that the big-hitting opener has puled out of the South Africa Big Slam tournament, such questions were rectified.

Gayle captained Jamaica to the Super50 title two seasons ago. He, however, had to relinquish the position last season due to international and club commitments. Lambert, who guided Jamaica to the title in 2008, was then appointed to the post.

He was, however, unsuccessful in his championship pursuits, guiding Jamaica to a semi-final finish.

Meanwhile, the fourth and penultimate Super50 trial match yesterday saw batsmen struggling once again.

Nelson XI first struggled to 173 off 49.4 overs before Elliott XI replied with 175 for six off 49.1 overs.

Danza Hyatt, with a pedestrian 29 off 76 balls, ended as the topscorer with Nkrumah Bonner getting 26, young wicketkeeper Aldane Thomas, 24, and the in-form Kennar Lewis, 20. This was against Lambert, three for 32, off his maximum 10 overs, and Andrew Richardson, two for 29 off seven.

Elliott XI were guided to victory on the back of 30 from opener Zeniffe Fowler.

Brenton Parchment, 26, Cassius Burton, 25, and Andre McCarthy, 20, also got among the runs.

First Published In The Jamaica Star.

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 15:45