Unknown Leveridge gets Windies A pick
ST JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC :
Little known Jamaican Reynard Leveridge was the shock pick in a 14-man West Indies A squad named by West Indies selectors yesterday for the tour of Sri Lanka starting next month.
The 26-year-old speedster, who has never played a single first class or List A game, was spotted bowling in the nets by Windies team management ahead of the recent Sabina Park Test against India and created a huge impression.
Leveridge, a towering six-footer, who is member of the Jamaica Defence Force, caught the eye bowling with pace and hostility and has now been rewarded with a place on the Windies A four-day squad, which will be led by Barbados' Shamarh Brooks.
The side also includes prolific Guyana Jaguars left-hander Vishaul Singh, discarded Test batsman Rajendra Chandrika, former Test batsman Kieran Powell and out-of-favour Test fast bowler Kemar Roach.
Brooks made 534 runs during the last first-class season, Vishaul gathered 712 at an average of 50, while the 26-year-old Powell, who has already played 21 Tests and 28 one-day internationals, is back in West Indies colours after taking a prolonged break from the game.
Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago's Jason Mohammed has been named to lead the one-day squad, which includes West Indies Twenty20 star Andre Fletcher and emerging talent Rovman Powell.
West Indies A will play Sri Lanka A in three four-day games from October 4-21 and three one-dayers from October 24-30.
FOUR-DAY: Shamarh Brooks (captain), Vishaul Singh (vice-captain), Rajendra Chandrika, Kieran Powell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Jahmar Hamilton, Damion Jacobs, Rahkeem Cornwall, Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai, Kemar Roach, Keon Joseph, Delorn Johnson, Reynard Leveridge.
ONE-DAY: Jason Mohammed (captain), Andre Fletcher (vice-captain), Rovman Powell, Kyle Hope, Chadwick Walton, Andre McCarthy, Assad Fudadin, Veerasammy Permaul, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Damion Jacobs, Delorn Johnson, Ronsford Beaton, Kesrick Williams, Kyle Mayers.