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One-day skipper Miller has sights on title

Published:Sunday | December 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Nikita Miller - File

Jermaine Lannaman, Sunday Gleaner Writer

Spinner Nikita Miller has described his appointment as captain of Jamaica Franchise's one-day team as an honour and a privilege.

The 32-year-old, who has been representing Jamaica in the format since 2004, was, last week, handed the post ahead of next month's staging of the WICB Super50 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.

"I feel honoured to be named captain," said Miller. "It is a job that not many have the privilege of doing, so for me, personally, it is an achievement.

"I just hope that I will be able to go out there and make an impression by leading the team to victory," he pointed out.

A former vice-captain of Jamaica's four-day and limited-overs teams, Miller was appointed to the post by the Wavell Hinds-chaired national selection panel last week.

He replaces all-rounder David Bernard Jr, who led Jamaica to a semi-final finish last year.

Miller also got the nod ahead of current four-day and former one-day captain Tamar Lambert.

"Playing under previous captains such as Lambert and Chris Gayle, who led us to our to last two titles, I would have learned a lot," said Miller.

"I am, therefore, looking forward to using this experience, along with my own style, in a bid to get the results needed."

Miller, who has represented the West Indies in 45 one-day internationals, nine Twenty20 internationals, and a solitary Test, also went on to explain his leadership style.

"I am a guy who believes heavily in the input of senior players, who understands what is required in certain situations," he said.

"I also try to encourage players, junior and senior, to try and give them that level of confidence that will push them to perform."

Drawn in Group B

Jamaica, who were knocked out at the semi-final stage last year, have been drawn in Group B of the Super50 along with Trinidad Red Force, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, and West Indies Under-19.

Group A consists of defending champions Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses and Colleges, and Windward Islands Volcanoes.

Jamaica last won the regional one-day title in 2011.

Jamaica Franchise Super50 squad: Nikita Miller (captain), Tamar Lambert, Danza Hyatt, John Campbell, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, André McCarthy, David Bernard Jr, Horace Miller, Damion Jacobs, Dennis Bulli, Marquino Mindley, Derval Green, Gavan Brown.