TWO St. Lucians are included in a 14-member WICB Under-15 Invitational squad announced by the WICB selection panel for a tour of the United Kingdom later this month.
The two St.Lucians are Gros Islet Johnnel Eugene and Dane Edwards.
The tour which runs from August 21 to 31 has been organised following an invitation from the England Barmy Army Colts.
“The tour has the potential to become an annual event depending on its success this year,” said Manager, Cricket Operations of the WICB Roland Holder.
“This will provide our younger players with the opportunity to showcase their skills against their peers from another country. It will serve as a great tool for talent identification and development for our 15-year old players.”
The tour includes a series of limited-overs matches comprising 50 overs-a-side, 45 overs-a-side and Twenty20 including an opportunity to play at the spiritual home of the game, Lord’s, against the Chris Gayle Academy on Monday, August 24.
“There is a lot of excitement about the emerging West Indies talent that will be on display and this has added something extra to the normal fixture schedule,” said Mark Stear, the director of the England Barmy Army Colts.
“We hope that this is the start of an annual invitation to the West Indies Under-15s.”
The captain of the WICB Under-15 Invitational squad will be named at a later date.
The full squad reads – Collin Barlow, Joshua Bishop, KilanoBrathwaite, Dane Edwards, Johnnel Eugene, KirstanKallicharran, Joshua Persaud, NicoReifer, Dominik Samuels, Raewin Senior, Kevin Sinclair, CrystianThurton, Sanjay Williams and Nyeem Young.
Team Management Unit – Robert Samuels (Head Coach), Ambassador Courtney Walsh (Manager), Floyd Reifer (Assistant Coach) and Beverly Nelson (Physiotherapist).
Match scheduled: August – Sunday 23 – WICB Under-15s versus South of England – Bushy Metropolitan Police Cricket Ground (Start: 11.00 a.m., 50 overs-a-side); Monday 24 – Lord’s Ground Tour (Morning) WICB Under-15s versus Chris Gayle Academy – Lord’s (Start: 4.00 p.m, Twenty20), Tuesday 25 – WICB Under-15s versus Kent Emerging Player Programme – Redbourn Cricket Club (Start: 12.00 noon, 45 overs-a-side); Wednesday 26 – WICB Under-15s versus London Schools Cricket Association Emerging Player Programme – Southgate Cricket Club (Start: 12 noon, 45 overs-a-side), Thursday 27 – WICB Under-15s versus Hertfordshire Emerging Player Programme – West Herts Cricket Club (Start: 12:00 noon, 45 overs-a-side); Friday 28 – WICB Under-15s versus England’s Barmy Army Colts – Stanmore Cricket Club (Start: 12.00 noon, 45 overs-a-side); Sunday 30 – Lashings and House of Commons/House of Lords Twenty20 Tournament – The Mote Cricket Club.