West urges fringe players to take opportunities
FALMOUTH, Trelawny (CMC):
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President's XI head coach, Graeme West, said on Thursday that it was important that those players on the fringe of West Indies selection used the three-day tour game against Pakistan to remind selectors of their credentials.
The side, led by Shamarh Brooks, face touring Pakistan in the contest starting at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium today, and West said the fixture was also another opportunity for regional players to test their skills against international opposition.
"These are really, really big games, and I think it is important that we play against all the touring sides when they come over," he pointed out.
"It's great for the selectors, they get to see the players and how close they actually are to progressing to the senior team, and for the guys themselves, it's about proving to themselves that they are able to play as this level and the different challenge is the Pakistani seam attack.
"They've got great skills - swinging the ball - plus we know this particular squad has several leg-spinners and again there is a shortage of those in the Caribbean."
The President's XI squad includes the likes of left-handed opener Kieran Powell and fast bowler Kemar Roach, both of whom are looking to force their way back into the Test squad following spells on the sidelines.
Just as importantly, players like opener Kyle Hope, all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall and Jahmar Hamilton will be all hoping to force their way into contention, after already impressing at the West Indies A level.