Updated: May 15, 2021 7:44 PM IST
St. John’s [Antigua]May 15 (ANI): West Indies Cricket (CWI) The selection committee on Saturday named a 30-man team for a three-week high-performance red ball training camp in Saint Lucia starting Sunday, May 16, in preparation for the upcoming test streak against South Africa.
The camp will provide an opportunity for both experienced testers and developing players to hone and improve their red ball skills in a high-performance environment after a month-long hiatus from the Sri Lanka streak.
The camp will feature two best-best qualifying matches as the West Indies await their final streak in the ICC Testing World Championship with two Test Matches against the Proteus in June.
Most of the players have taken part in the recent West Indies test teams and high-end camps. However, several players will receive their first international training experience at the start of the season. pandemic including Guyanese fast bowler Niall Smith, top Jamaican batsman Paul Palmer, Vincent wagon Caron Cottoya and left-handed Saint Kitts and Nevis player Kieran Powell.
Test captain Craig Brathwaite and fast bowlers Kemar Roach and Alzarri Joseph will not be present as they are currently in the England County Championship and will return to the West Indies for the test series if selected. The current world’s number one Test Station Wagon Jason Holder is resting due to the congestion of all game formats in recent months and will arrive in Saint Lucia at the end of the month.
The team will arrive in Saint Lucia and complete quarantine protocols set by the Department of Health for biosecurity before embarking on training under the guidance of head coach Phil Simmons and his management team.
“This camp is very important for our preparation for the upcoming test series against South Africa and for the rest of our busy and exciting summer. We will continue the work we started last year in England to further transform our test team into strength. he must be reckoned with in world cricket, ”Simmons said.
“We welcome the good news of being promoted to sixth in the ICC test rankings. However, this is only the beginning of our journey and we know that there is a lot of hard work ahead of us, ”he added.
CWIin collaboration with the National Cricket Association of Saint Lucia, work closely with the government and health department to create a safe biosecure bubble for players and staff. Everyone who enters the bio-safe bubble will undergo two PCR tests for COVID-19 prior to arriving in Saint Lucia and throughout their stay.
Daren Sammy Cricket Ground (DSCG) will host both Test Matches against South Africa, the first two-way cricket game they will play in the Caribbean since 2010. The first test will take place from 12 to 16 June, and the second from 18 to 22 June.
CWI High Performance Training Team: Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Darren Bravo, Shamar Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Raquim Cornwall, Caron Cottoi, Joshua da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Keon Harding, Jahmar Hamilton, Kawder Holupem Hodge, Shayar Hamilton Kyle Myers, Lunch McCoy, Preston McSwin, Marcino Mindley, Shane Moseley, Paul Palmer, Virasammi Permol, Anderson Phillip, Kieran Powell, Raymond Raifer, Jaden Seals, Niall Smith, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr., Jomel Warrikan. (ANI)
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