Brathwaite to lead young Windies
Kraigg Brathwaite, the Test opener, has been named captain of the 15-man West Indies squad for the Under-19 World Cup in Australia in August. John Campbell, the left-hand top-order batsman, will be vice-captain. Former West Indies captain and fast bowler Courtney Walsh has been named manager of the squad.
Brathwaite has already played nine Test matches and has four half-centuries. Campbell and Brathwaite were also part of the West Indies top order in the previous edition of the U-19 World Cup in 2010.
The other opener in the squad is Keiron Joseph. The middle order has Anthony Alleyne, Akeal Hosein and Kavem Hodge. Stephen Katwaroo is the wicketkeeper while Sunil Ambris is the reserve keeper.
The squad includes two fast-bowling allrounders – Kyle Mayers and Justin Greaves. There are three specialist fast bowlers in Marquino Mindley, Jerome Jones and Ronsford Beaton, who has played eight first-class matches for Guyana. There are also two specialist spinners – Amir Khan, who bowls legbreaks and googlies, and Derone Davis, who bowls left-arm orthodox.
The team will leave from Barbados on July 17 for a camp in Brisbane before the official pre-tournament matches. West Indies have been drawn in Group C alongside India, Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea in the 16-team biennial event. They play their first match against India on August 12.
Squad: Kraigg Brathwaite (capt), John Campbell (vice-capt), Anthony Alleyne, Sunil Ambris (wk), Ronsford Beaton, Derone Davis, Justin Greaves, Kavem Hodge, Akeal Hosein, Jerome Jones, Keiron Joseph, Stephen Katwaroo (wk), Amir Khan, Kyle Mayers, Marquino Mindley††