West Indies middle-order batsman Kirk Edwards has been selected to captain Barbados in both the Super 50 and four-day first-class 2013 West Indies championships which start next week.
The Barbados selectors today named the squads for the first round matches against reigning double champions Jamaica at Kensington Oval on February 7 (Super 50) and four-day beginning February 9.
Edwards was left out of the Barbados squad for the just concluded Caribbean Twenty20 Tournament in which the batsmen performed wretchedly.
Kevin Stoute, who was controversially left out of the Caribbean Twenty20 squad despite being the most productive batsman in the domestic competition, has been selected in the Super 50 squad but has been overlooked for the four-day team.
Former Barbados captain and West Indies batsman Ryan Hinds has been left out of both teams after poor performances in the Twenty20 competition and a general decline in his batting over the past two to three years.
Hinds, who has a first class cricket average of 38.15 from 120 matches and 6 753 runs, could consider himself unlucky to miss out on the four-day squad but his form in the shortened versions of the game has not been inspiring in recent years. He turns 32 next month. Today Hinds wished the team well in the two tournaments.
Middle-order batsman Shamarh Brooks, who filled in as Barbados captain last year in the four-day competition, and also was the island’s vice-captain in the regional Twenty20 competition, has also not found a place in either of the two squads. He has endured two years of consistently poor form at the regional level in all formats of the game.
Bowling all-rounder Chris Jordan, who did not figure in the Twenty20 squad, has been included in both teams. Newcomer Justin Brathwaite who was Barbados’ leading scorer in the regional Twenty20 competition did not find a place in the Super 50 team.
West Indies fast bowlers Tino Best and Kemar Roach are in Australia with the West Indies team, while Fidel Edwards is currently playing in the Bangladesh Premier League.
The Super 50 match is a Day/Night, starting at 2 p.m. while play in the four-day game begins at 10 a.m.
In its release, the Barbados Cricket Association noted that practice sessions would continue daily at Kensington Oval from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm. The price of admission is $10.00 but members of the BCA who are in good financial standing will, on presentation of their current Member’s passbook, be admitted free of charge. School children will also be admitted free of charge. Patrons will be accommodated in the 3Ws Stand.
Super 50: Kirk Edwards (captain), Rashidi Boucher, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Shane Dowrich, Kyle Hope, Christopher Jordan, Kyle Mayers, Ashley Nurse, Javon Searles, Kevin Stoute, Kenroy Williams.
Four-day: Kirk Edwards (captain), Rashidi Boucher, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Kyle Hope, Christopher Jordan, Ashley Nurse, Javon Searles, Jomel Warrican.††