Blackwood included in Sabina Test squad
Jamaica's Jermaine Blackwood is the only Jamaican named in the West Indies Cricket Board's 13-member squad for the historic first Test against Pakistan which begins at Sabina Park on Friday.
This will mark the 50th Test match to be held at Sabina Park. The squad also includes the uncapped Shimron Hetmyer and Vishal Singh and the returning Kieran Powell.
The West Indies selectors said they included the three for various reasons.
"Shimron has shown a lot of maturity during this season of regional games and also within our A team,' they said in a release of Hetmyer.
Powell was selected because the panel "felt a need to fast track him through our A-Team programme last year".
"We are happy that Kieran is once again available as an option for us to open the batting. West Indies cricket has invested heavily in him over the years with the void of openers within the Caribbean" the release said.
Singh was noted to be a consistent batsman in the Regional Four day tournament.
"His hundred over the weekend for the WICB President's XI against the Pakistanis helped to fortify in our minds that he has a place in our squad."
The remaining squad includes Captain Jason Holder, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, and Alzarri Joseph.