Prolific run-scorer Kirstan Kallicharan’s skills will be tested at the Under-17 level after he was named in the Trinidad and Tobago side for this year’s regional Under-17 championships, which takes place in Tobago from July 6-16.
The T&T side will be led by 16-year-old left-arm orthodox spinner Bryan Boodram, who was part of the national Under-17 and Under-19 teams last year.
The 14-year-old middle order batsman, Kallicharan, dominated his age-group in the local PowerGen Secondary Schools Cricket League this season and also excelled at the BG T&T Under-15 InterZone tournament, slamming three centuries in three matches.
Last year Kallicharan led the T&T Under-15 team to victory in the regional Under-15 championships in Jamaica, finishing fourth on the list of top batsmen after scoring 192 runs and placing ninth on the overall bowling list, getting 17 wickets with his leg-spin.
His Under-15 teammate, Keagan Simmons, who was T&T’s top batsmen in the regional youth tournament last year, was also included in the Under-17 squad as vice-captain.
In addition to Boodram, pacer Jarlarnie Seales and Tobagonian all-rounder Dejourn Charles also returns to the Under-17 line-up, which also includes former Under-15 pacers Sachin Seecharan, Amrit Kistow and Nathaniel McDavid and left-arm orthodox spinner Emilo Gopaul.
Gopaul was T&T’s leading wicket-taker at last year’s Under-15 tournament with 22 wickets, while Kistow finished with 15 and Seecharan had 13.
T&T Under-17 squad: Bryan Boodram (Captain), Keagan Simmons (vice-captain), Emilo Gopaul, Jarlarnie Seales, Amrit Kistow, Keron Persad, Kirstan Kallicharan, Sachin Seecharan, Nathaniel McDavid, Dejourn Charles, Jordan Warner, Brandon Maharaj, Daniel Williams, David Williams. Tarandath Sammy (coach), Stephen Martel (manager).