BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC):
Chairman of Selectors Courtney Browne has urged regional players to make their mark in the upcoming Regional Super50 in order to force their way into the West Indies squad.
He said West Indies were expected to have a heavy One-Day International (ODI) schedule this year, and with preparations already in train for the 2019 World Cup, it was crucial players that took advantage of every opportunity in the January 24 to February 18 tournament.
“We’re definitely looking forward to the Super50 to see that the incumbents go on and continue their good work,” the former Test wicketkeeper told Massy United Insurance Line and Length.
“Then there are a lot of other young players who are challenging for places and we have a lot of ODI cricket coming up this year, so it is important – obviously we’re building them up towards the World Cup – that all the players come in and get their runs, get their wickets, play tough and hard cricket and really show us they have the attitude, not only to be part of the team, but the attitude that we are looking for that makes West Indian people really proud.”
Browne emphasised, however, that while it was important players performed, they needed to show consistency beyond the tournament.
“People just need to perform. That’s the most important [thing], and perform consistently,” said Browne, who replaced legendary former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd in the position last year.
“What we are trying to do is look at players over at least three seasons. One of the things that we are trying not to do is to pick players after just one season.
“At times that will happen, but if you can get a guy performing over three years consistently or over two years consistently, then we know he’s deserving of an opportunity at the senior level, or at least be considered for an opportunity at the senior level.”
Browne noted that the Windies one-day side was at a young stage of their development, and singled out the unit which recently campaigned in the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe.
He said the young players, who had made their mark on that tour, needed to reiterate that form in the Regional Super50.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are defending Regional Super50 champions and will do battle in Zone A alongside Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Windward Islands Volcanoes, West Indies Under-19s and English county side, Kent Spitfires.
Zone B comprises last year’s runners-up Barbados Pride, Jamaica Scorpions, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners and ICC Americas team.
Players must make themselves available for the tournament in order to be eligible for selection to the ODI format.