Stewart to lead Young Windies on southern Africa tour
ST JOHN'S, CMC:
Emmanuel Stewart will have five new caps to lead when the West Indies Under-19 squad embarks on a tour of southern Africa in July.
The West Indies Cricket Board yesterday announced a 15-member squad that will take on South Africa in five Youth One-day Internationals and Zimbabwe in three.
"The squad is well balanced with a number of multidimensional players which will provide depth in all departments," said head coach Graeme West.
"This team is still very young in comparison with the previous squad, but it's already a very united group that works well together and has a great desire to learn and improve."
Stewart and vice-captain Kirstan Kallicharran are the only two remaining members from the World Cup-winning squad of last year.
The new players are: Trinidad & Tobago left-handed batsman and part-time off-spinner Keegan Simmons, nephew of former West Indies batsman and head coach Phil Simmons and cousin of West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons; Guyanese wicketkeeper/batsman Joshua Persaud, along with pacer Cephas Cooper of Trinidad & Tobago, Darren Nedd from Grenada, and Barbadian Nyeem Young.
The remaining eight players were part of the team that played in the Regional Super50 Tournament in January/February in Antigua, including Bhaskar Yadram.