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January 8, 2014
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Young captains used for development - Bennett
Jermaine Lannaman, Star Writer

Junior Bennett - file

National coach Junior Bennett says the move to use primarily junior players to captain teams in the first three regional Super50 trial matches at Sabina Park is about development.

The games, which are to be followed by two others tomorrow and Friday, after which a national squad will be named, have so far seen three recent former national Under-19 captains leading proceedings.

They are Paul Palmer Jr, Donovan Nelson and John Campbell.

The only senior player to captain one of the teams was David Bernard Jr. The first match saw a Bernard Jr XI going up against a Palmer Jr XI, while the second and third saw a Nelson XI going up against a Campbell XI.

"The youngsters I have used to captain so far have captained Jamaica at various youth levels, from Under-15 up to Under-19," said Bennett.

"We are therefore using the trial matches as an opportunity to provide them with further exposure."

new phenomenon

The decision to use junior players primarily to captain teams at trial matches is somewhat of new phenomenon.

Previously, if junior players were used, it was in tandem primarily with senior players. The issue of captaincy is expected to be a main agenda item discussed by the national selection panel ahead of naming the squad on Friday.

Tamar Lambert, last season's Super50 captain, who guided the team to a semi-final where they lost to Windward Islands, and eventually the title, is again expected to be handed the position.

However, given that the 32-year-old has been axed from the position in the past, it is not far-fetched that he could be replaced.

Jamaica were led to the title two seasons ago by opener Chris Gayle, who is currently recuperating from a groin injury, and could be available for selection.

Bernard Jr, who replaced Lambert as national Twenty20 captain in 2012, and captained Jamaica in their final preliminary-round four-day game last season, is also expected to be a candidate.

The Super50 will be played in Trinidad and Tobago, beginning on January 30.

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