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Palmer to lead youthful Jamaica squad against New Zealand

Thursday, May 22, 2014    

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FORMER Jamaica Under-19 captain Paul Palmer will lead a 22-member Jamaica squad in the two tour games against the New Zealand team at the Trelawny Multi Purpose Stadium.

The two-day game will bowl off on May 29 with the three-day encounter slated for June 2, 3 and 4.

The youthful squad also includes several of the emerging players WHO took part in Jamaica's recent title success in the WICB Regional Four-Day championship.

They are wicketkeeper batsman Horace Miller, openers Jon Ross Campbell, John Campbell, off spinner Jamie Merchant, leg spinner Damion Jacobs, fast bowler Brian Buchanan and batsman Andre McCarthy.

Veteran leg spinner Odean Brown is also named in the squad along with opener Shacaya Thomas, who featured for the Combined Colleges and Campuses in the recently concluded regional championship.

Chairman of Jamaica's selection panel Wavell Hinds said the youthfulness of the squad is a reflection of the mandate of the Jamaica Cricket Association.

"We want to continue to expose the young talent that we have here in Jamaica, some of the players got their first taste of first-class cricket this past season and we want to continue to expose them to the highest level of competition," said Hinds.

Hinds added that a number of the players in the squad will form the nucleus of Jamaica's cricket in the near future.

"We want the players to have a feel of what it is like to play at the first-class level and so that is why we are putting them on show as part of their cricketing development."

Entry to the matches will cost $300 each day.

Jamaica Squad: Horace Miller, Jon-Ross Campbell, Kennar Lewis, Delbert Gayle, Cassius Burton Jnr, Brandon King, Derval Green, Aldaine Thomas, Paul Palmer (captain), Gavon Brown, John Campbell, Nicholson Gordon, Jamie Merchant, Damion Jacobs, Odean Brown, Brian Buchanan, Christopher Powell, Ramaal Lewis, Shacaya Thomas, Fabian Allen, Andre McCarthy, and Marquino Mindley.

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