Nineteen-year-old fast bowler Keon Harding is the only newcomer to the 13-man Barbados Pride squad selected to play the Guyana Jaguars in Round 7 of the West Indies Cricket Board’s PCL Regional 4-Day Tournament on Friday at Kensington Oval.
Harding, a lanky Combermerian with a good turn of speed, has previously played Under-17 football for Barbados and is the goalkeeper for the University of the West Indies Blackbirds.
Harding has also represented Barbados in cricket at the regional Under-19 level.
The Pride will be without Ashley Nurse and Carlos Brathwaite who played in the last encounter against the Windward Islands Volcanoes, as well as West Indies captain Jason Holder. The trio are part of the West Indies team preparing for the imminent ICC T20 World Cup.
Allrounder Kevin Stoute returns to the team. Stoute, who was the Pride’s best bowler during the early matches in the tournament last year, and also served as captain, was somewhat unlucky to be dropped at the resumption of the tournament.
The full squad is: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Shamarh Brooks, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Kyle Corbin, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Justin Greaves, Keon Harding, Shai Hope, Omar Phillips, Kevin Stoute and Hayden Walsh Jr.