CWI name 26 to prepare for England tourWednesday, August 18, 2021
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — Cricket West Indies (CWI) yesterday announced a 26-member squad to continue preparations for next month's tour of England in the build-up to next year's International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean.
The original training squad of 56 was whittled down following an eight-match trial series here last week, and selectors will now focus on “a more intensive camp” and planning, as they prepare to choose an 18-man unit for the England series.
West Indies Rising Stars, as the regional Under-19 side is now known, will play six Youth One-Day Internationals from September 4-17 in Beckenham and Canterbury.
“The screening trials went very well. We saw some excellent performances and it was not easy to cut down the large number of such talented young players,” said Rising Stars Head Coach Floyd Reifer.
“You could see the enthusiasm was high in all the players and the spirit was high in all the teams. We have to do everything we can to encourage all of the players who came to continue working on their game.
“A more intensive camp has started where we will push forward to improve the skill set, the mindset, and the tactical awareness of the 26 players before cutting the squad further.”
He added: “More will go into the tactical sessions as we work towards the tour of England and onto the ICC U-19 World Cup. We will also promote the West Indian brand of cricket that we want to play going into that World Cup, without neglecting the fundamentals.”
The region will play host to the Under-19 World Cup for the first time when it gets under way in January and February next year.
West Indies won the showpiece in 2016 when it was staged in Bangladesh featuring a squad captained by batting star Shimron Hetmyer and included fast bowlers Alzarri Joseph and Chemar Holder who have all gone on to play Test cricket.
Last year, West Indies failed to qualify for the quarter-finals after finishing third in their group.
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