Kevin Stoute will captain Barbados Pride for the first two home matches against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and the Leeward Islands Hurricane. But, he will be replaced by Shamarh Brooks, the captain of the West Indies ‘A’ team after their current series against Sri Lanka is over.
This was disclosed by president of the Barbados Cricket Association and chairman of the Barbados Pride franchise Conde Riley, at a pre-match press conference at the Bridgetown headquarters of the team’s sponsor, Barbados Insurance Corporation of Barbados. The match starts tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Kensington Oval.
“The board met with Kevin and explained the situation to him. If Shamarh is selected for the West Indies’ senior team tour to New Zealand later this year, Kevin will resume the leadership of the team. Jason Holder will captain the team in the Regional Super50,” Riley explained.
Questioned about this arrangement afterwards, Stoute said: “I love Barbados with all of my heart. As I told Mr Riley, I will take this situation and deal with it in a very mature manner and guide the younger players along the way throughout the season.”
Asked how he would deal with being appointed captain for the first two matches and then the possibility of being dropped subsequently, Stoute replied: “Nothing more I can do from here. I have captained Barbados over a period of time and was very successful. I am proud to say that. I will just play these two games for my son because I have a son who comes and watches cricket. I do everything for him. Once I do well and he is happy, that’s it,” Stoute said.
He noted the preparation of the team had been severely hampered by the weather which was beyond his control.
“You can only control what is controllable. The good thing about it is we have been playing club cricket for the last three months. Not practising as a team was the hardest part but we still had guys playing over the weekend,” he explained.
Stoute said that from last week he had impressed upon his young charges that even though they must remember that they will be playing first class cricket, they must enjoy playing the matches.
Barbados Pride’s first game of the 2017/2018 season is a day/night encounter against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force with the pink ball. Stoute described this as “a little tricky”.
“At the end of the day they are professionals. They must stay focused and concentrate on the pink ball as hard as possible. At the end of the day I can’t fault young players because they are now trying to express themselves,” Stoute said.
Barbados Pride: Kevin Stoute (captain), Anthony Alleyne, Jonathan Carter, Shakeem Clarke, Justin Greaves, Aaron Jones, Shayne Moseley, Ashley Nurse, Mario Rampersaud, Shamar Springer, Hayden Walsh Jr., Jomel Warrican and Kenroy Williams