Tough task for U-19 selectors

By Roger Seepersad

The West Indies selectors will have tough task ahead of them as they try to narrow down the final squad for next year’s ICC Under-19 World Cup in Dubai.

According to manager of the West Indies team Roland Sampath, the players they have to choose from are very talented and will have to prove themselves in the upcoming matches which are being held as preparation for the World Cup.

The Regional Under-19 team is currently in Guyana for a week-long preparation camp ahead of the start of their home series against the Bangladesh Under-19s.

They will play the Bangladesh side in seven one-day matches starting next Monday at Providence Stadium in Guyana.

Among the “talented players” in the West Indies line up are Trinidad and Tobago opening batsman Jeremy Solozano and all-rounder Bryan Charles.

T&T wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran was also named in the  training squad but is currently with the Trinidad and Tobago team in India for their Champions League Twenty20 campaign.

Speaking to the Express yesterday, Sampath said the team management is trying to get the players settled and that they have a tough week of training ahead.

“We are now trying to get the team together. They are a bunch of talented players but it is important to note that the team is not yet selected for the World Cup. This is preparation for the World Cup so the players will know how important this is,” he said.

West Indies Under-19 

training squad

Fabian Allen (Jamaica), Jofra Archer (Barbados), Tagenarine Chanderpaul (Guyana), Bryan Charles (T&T), Tristan Coleman (Jamaica), Taryck Gabriel (Windward Islands, St Lucia), Shimron Hetmyer (Guyana), Jerome Jones (Barbados), Ray Jordan (Windward Islands, St Vincent), Alzarri Joseph (Leeward Islands, Antigua), Brandon King (Jamaica), Ramaal Lewis (Jamaica), Leroy Lug (Jamaica), Preston McSween (Windward Islands, Grenada), Marquino Mindley (Jamaica), Gudakesh Moti-Kanhai (Guyana), Jeremy Solozano (T&T).

Team management: Roland Sampath (Manager), Roddy Estwick (Coach), Robert Samuels (Assistant Coach), Ronald Rogers (Trainer), Janel Springer (Physiotherapist), Dwain Gill (Analyst).

West Indies Under-19 vs Bangladesh Under-19 fixtures

October 5

Bangladesh U19 vs Guyana U19, Bourda, a.m.

October 7

West Indies U19 vs Bangladesh U19, Guyana National Stadium 1:30 p.m.

October 9

 West Indies U19 vs Bangladesh U19, Bourda 9 a.m.

October 11

West Indies U19 vs Bangladesh U19, Guyana National Stadium, 1:30 p.m.

October 14

West Indies U19 vs Bangladesh U19, Everest 9 a.m.

October 16

 West Indies U19 vs Bangladesh U19, Guyana National Stadium, 1:30 p.m.

October 19

 West Indies U19 vs Bangladesh U19, Albion 9 a.m.

October 21

West Indies U19 vs Bangladesh U19, Everest 9 a.m. 

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