Thomas no longer a Scorpion
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC)
Former captain Devon Thomas will make a return to Leeward Islands Hurricanes for the Regional four-day championship set for this November.
The wicketkeeper/batman, who spent last season with Jamaica Scorpions, was announced this week as of Hurricanes' 10 contracted players along with the lies of West Indies A stars Rahkeem Cornwall and Jahmar Hamilton.
"The protected 10 for the Leeward Islands Hurricanes is Rahkeem Cornwall, Montcin Hodge, Jahmar Hamilton, Terrance Warde, Nkrumah Bonner, Chesney Hughes, Jeremiah Louis, Gavin Tonge, Keacy Carty and Devon Thomas is returning back to the Leeward Islands Hurricanes," Leeward Islands Cricket Board operations manager, Vernon Springer, told the Observer newspaper here.
"And just to elaborate, he (Thomas) has done his medical for the Hurricanes and he did that on Saturday."
There was some doubt over Thomas's eligibility to represent Hurricanes after he pulled out of the Antigua and Barbuda squad for the LICB tournament earlier this year.
He had also opted to play for Scorpions last season after being named as one of the 10 protected players.
However, Springer explained that Antiguan Thomas had been still under contract to Scorpions back in May, hence his withdrawal from the Antigua squad.
"Devon Thomas was contracted by the Jamaica Scorpions which meant that had to be priority over playing for Antigua and Barbuda in a Leeward Islands tournament so he would have had to execute his duties as a contracted player in Cricket West Indies' professional season for the Jamaica Scorpions," Springer said.
The 27-year-old Thomas had an average season for Scorpions, gathering 493 runs from 10 matches at an average of 29, with a century and two half-centuries.
Scorpions, leaders at the half-way stage of the season, faltered to finish fourth behind winners Guyana Jaguars.
Thomas has played 21 One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20s for West Indies but has not featured for the regional side since 2013.