Barbadian all-rounders Jofra Archer and Jerome Jones are among a 17-member West Indies Under-19 squad announced by the West Indies Cricket Board to face Bangladesh Under 19 in a seven match One-Day Series to be played in Guyana next month.
Archer and Jones are both products of Foundation School which have won the Barbados Cricket Association Schools’ Under-19 tournament for the past two seasons.
Archer has been having a good BCA LIME Elite division championship season with both bat and ball for Guardian General Barbados Youth and topped the overall batting averages with 115.50 prior to the current ninth series of matches.
Also named in the squad is Tagenarine Chanderpaul who has already played at the senior level for Guyana. The talented left-hander is the son of veteran West Indies batting star Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Leading run scorer in the recently concluded Regional Under 19 Tournament, Trinidadian Jeremy Solozano and chief wicket-taker Gudakesh Moti-Kanhai are also named in the team. Grenada and Windward Islands pacer Preston McSween who took the most wickets in the 50-over version of the regional tournament has also gained selection.
The squad consists of six players from Jamaica who won the Regional Under-19 titles this year, claiming both the three-day and 50-over trophies.
The regional junior side will take on the Bangladeshis at three venues – the Guyana National Stadium, Bourda and Everest.
Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper/batsman Nicholas Pooran was not considered for selection as he will be with the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force team participating in the Champions League. Should he become available following the Champions League he will join the West Indies Under-19 squad. Pooran impressed many during the recently concluded inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 Tournament.
Squad: Fabian Allen (Jamaica); Jofra Archer (Barbados); Tagenarine Chanderpaul (Guyana); Bryan Charles (Trinidad & Tobago); Tristan Coleman (Jamaica); Taryck Gabriel (Windward Islands, St Lucia); Shimron Hetmyre (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 (Trinidad & Tobago)
Sat, Oct 5 – Warm-up – Bangladesh U19 v Guyana U19 – Bourda
Mon, Oct 7 – Windies U19 v Bangladesh U19 – GNS
Wed, Oct 9 – Windies U19 v Bangladesh U19 – Bourda
Fri, Oct 11 – Windies U19 v Bangladesh U19 – GNS
Mon, Oct 14 – Windies U19 v Bangladesh U19 – Everest
Wed, Oct 16 – Windies U19 v Bangladesh U19 – GNS
Sat, Oct 19 – Windies U19 v Bangladesh U19 – Bourda
Mon, Oct 21 – Windies U19 v Bangladesh U19 – Everest (PR/WG)