Ahead of the two-Test series against Sri Lanka in Antigua, the West Indies will engage in a practice match. The Coolidge Cricket Ground will stage the warm-up game for which the Cricket West Indies has announced a 26-member squad, combining two teams. Lead selector Roger Harper revealed the concept and outlined the details.
Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite and middle-order batsman Roston Chase will lead the squad A and B, respectively. West Indies’ last Test series – an away series against Bangladesh proved to be a stellar one as they beat the Tigers by 2-0 with a depleted squad. On this occasion, the West Indies would be high on confidence, considering they are playing their full-strength team against Sri Lanka.
Roger Harper declared that ‘The Best vs The Best’ game is part of their preparation for the Test series against Sri Lanka and gives the players who performed in the last series an opportunity to showcase their skills. Harper expects the fixture to be a competitive one, hoping that players push their case forward and raise their stock as high as they could.
“The ‘Best v Best’ game is firstly part of our preparation for the Test series against Sri Lanka. It gives the players who performed well in the last West Indies Championship an opportunity to showcase their skills, playing against each other, which we expect to be very competitive and put forward a case for themselves. It is a chance to raise their stock and show what they can do,” Harper said as quoted by Cricket World.
West Indies’ Test series win in Bangladesh was a real joy to watch: Roger Harper
Roger Harper commented that the West Indies’ victory in Bangladesh was thrilling to watch as the results, their application, determination, and team spirit was spot on. Harper was also delighted to witness the players working hard for each other and enjoying everyone’s success. He wishes to see the current crop move forward and build on the same.
“The Test series win in Bangladesh was a real joy to watch. The results were brilliant, but it was the passion, the application and the determination, as well as the team spirt that were exactly what we wanted to see. It was most encouraging to see everyone pulling together and working hard for each other and enjoying each other’s success. I think the team performed much better than many people thought they were capable of doing. I am really looking forward to seeing the team move forward and build from here,” he added.
SQUAD A: Kraigg Brathwite (captain), Shamarh Brooks, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva, Derval Green, Keon Harding, Shimron Hetmyer, Kavem Hodge, Paul Palmer jr, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieran Powell, Preston McSween, Jayden Seales.
SQUAD B: Roston Chase (captain), Sunil Ambris, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, John Campbell, Jahmar Hamilton, Chemar Holder, Imran Khan, Marquino Mindley, Shayne Moseley, Raymon Reifer, Nial Smith, Jomel Warrican.
Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel have been rested for this match due to their workload management.