-Rutherford only other Guyanese in squad
Guyana Jaguars’ wicket-keeper/batsman Anthony Bramble will lead the West Indies ‘B’ Team for the inaugural Global T20 Canada League, which bowls off from June 28 to July 15.
The international tournament is set to attract other elite T20 players from across the cricketing spectrum, but Windies Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams, thinks “this is a great opportunity for players, and feeds into the organisation’s wider high-performance programme, which looks to develop all-round skills sets of the players and officials.”
Bramble has been Guyana’s premier glove-man for the past 4 seasons, and has done well in all formats of cricket for his country. The aggressive right-hander will be accompanied by all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford, who is the only other Guyanese named in the squad, which features talents like attacking keeper/batsman Nicholas Pooran, spinner Derval Green, former Windies U19 World Cup winning player Shamar Springer, Jamaica’s Fabian Allen, and other talents from across the region.
Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne, has said, “With our Test and ‘A’ teams currently on tour, the Global T20 presents an opportunity for the panel to see some of our developing players in the region. The exposure and added development will assist us with identifying players with the potential to develop into international T20 cricketers.”
The Global T20 Canada League will see 22 matches being played in a round-robin format, followed by playoffs and the championship match to be held on July 15. All contests will take place at Maple Leaf Cricket Club in Toronto.
Meanwhile, the Windies contingent is set to leave the region on June 14.
This WINDIES B squad is: Anthony Bramble (Captain), Fabian Allen, Alick Athanaze, Roland Cato, Justin Greaves, Derval Green, Kavem Hodge, Brandon King, Jeremiah Louis, Obed McCoy, Khary Pierre, Nicholas Pooran, Sherfane Rutherford and Shamar Springer.
The Team Management Unit includes Stuart Williams (Coach), Roderick Estwick (Coach), Denis Byam (Physiotherapist), Cyril Cox (Strength and Conditioning Trainer) and Trent Sargeant (Analyst).