Miller to lead Jamaica in regional four-day
There will be a new captain when Jamaica take the field for their first match of the new-look regional four-day Digicel SportsMax WICB Professional League, which bowls off in two weeks.
Nikita Miller, the left-arm spinner who has represented the West Indies at various levels, replaces Paul Palmer Jr, who was once again stripped of the post. Palmer was relieved of the position mid-way last season due to poor batting form, but was reinstated for the final few matches of the season. The former captain has also failed to make the squad for the team's opening matchup away to defending champions Guyana Jaguars.
The 13-member squad, which was announced yesterday by the national selectors, has also once again seen the omission of out-of-favour former West Indies representatives, wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr and all-rounder David Bernard Jr.
Also missing from the squad is another discarded West Indies batsman, Barbadian batsman Kirk Edwards, who after being drafted as a regional overseas player last season, was dropped for the final set of matches due to poor performances.
The squad, which includes Antiguan Devon Thomas and young Guyanese opener Trevon Griffith as its mandatory two regional overseas players, features one uncapped player in fast bowling all-rounder Derval Green.
A former national Under-19 captain, Green has represented Jamaica in four List-A regional Super50 matches, but is yet to make his four-day debut.
The team will be coached by Robert Samuels. The former West Indies opener has replaced longstanding coach Junior Bennett who has now been appointed chairman of selectors.
Jamaica will open against the Leon Johnson-led Guyana next Friday at the Providence Stadium.
Jamaica Scorpions squad - Nikita Miller (captain), John Campbell, Trevon Griffith, Devon Thomas, Jermaine Blackwood, Brandon King, Shacaya Thomas, Andre McCarthy, Chadwick Walton, Damion Jacobs, Derval Green, Marquino Mindley, Jason Dawes. Fitness trainer is David Bernard while the physiotherapist is Matthew Parchment.