Even before a ball has been bowled in the regional Under-15 Cricket Tournament in St. Kitts, questions are being raised over the Barbados Cricket Association’s captaincy and management selections of the Barbados squad.
The Barbados team, led by talented Combermere batsman Lenico Boucher with vice-captain Nicholas Kirton of Queen’s College, and under the management of Bruce Cox and Livingston Puckering, leave for St Kitts on Monday, but sources within the BCA have told Barbados TODAY that certain selections are somewhat questionable.
One source noted the choice of Boucher as skipper was mystifying since he had very limited captaincy experience and the team possessed four players with proven captaincy background. He noted that prolific St Leonard’s Secondary School batsman Deswin Currency, especially, had captained the Barbados team at the Under-13 tournament in St Kitts last year and had won that tournament. He noted that Currency, scorer of four centuries in five matches in the ongoing domestic Under-15 LIME tournament, was also his school’s Under-15 captain.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also indicated that Dominic Drakes was captain of Alexandra, Najee Holder was the Combermere Under-13 captain and Tremaine Harris was the skipper of St Leonard’s Under-13 team. He noted that all four players were in the squad leaving the island on Monday.
“Questions have to be asked as why they were all overlooked for a nice young man, yes, but someone who hasn’t really had much captaincy exposure,” he said, noting that Boucher had been out of cricket for a while and had only returned this week following his recovery from a broken hand.
“It’s like a case of Darren Sammy at the junior level and I hope it is not a situation of the older secondary schools being favoured against schools like St Leonard’s,” he suggested.
He noted that as captain, Boucher, an opening batsman, would have to be accommodated in a line-up with two other openers in Limar Pierce and the prolific Danny Chesham.
He also noted that neither Puckering nor Cox had been involved with cricketers at this age group and had been more associated with older boys at the junior level. He suggested that in the spirit of continuity the BCA should have utilised the services of management personnel who had been with the boys from their Under-13 days, many of whom, he explained, were now graduating to the Under-15 level.
He noted Cox had managed the Under-17 side in Tobago which had performed rather poorly, winning one match, and losing three, and his retention with the Under-15 team was puzzling.
Efforts today to reach chairman of the selection committee, Ezra Moseley, were unsuccessful.
The Barbados squad is: Leniko Boucher (captain), Nicholas Kirton (vice-captain), Kevon Bartlett, Daniel Chesham Deswin Currency, Dominic Drakes, Jadeja Edwards, Tremaine Harris, Najee Holder, Sylvester Moore, Hasani Newton, Limar Pierce, Shamar Springer, Shakeel Turney