Campbell Scorpions’ Super50 captain
LEFT-ARM SPINNER Nikita Miller has been replaced as captain of the Jamaica Scorpions Super50 one-day squad by young opening batsman John Campbell.
Miller, appointed to lead the team for the first time last season, guided Jamaica to the semi-finals of the Super50 tournament earlier this year in Trinidad and Tobago.
It will be the first-time that the 22-year-old Campbell, a former West Indies Under-19 vice-captain and Jamaica youth captain, will be leading at the senior level.
Also, it is the second such appointment of a young captain by the Wavell Hinds-chaired national selection panel, following the recent installment of the 23-year-old Paul Palmer Jr as skipper of the Jamaica Scorpions’ four-day team.
The selection panel also includes Robert Haynes, Delroy Morgan, Wayne Lewis, and Cleveland Davidson.
Campbell, who has played eight one-day matches to date, has an average of 33.
He has scored two half-centuries, with a top score of 72. The 14-member squad, which was announced after four trial matches, also sees the omission of three sidlelined West Indies players, who are part of the four-day squad.
They are out-of-form Barbadian batsman Kirk Edwards, wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr and all-rounder David Bernard Jr.
Meanwhile, unlike last season’s squad, in which five uncapped players were named, this year’s group has two newcomers in wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas and unheralded Jamaica Defence Force batsman, Jermaine Harrison.
Thomas, 21, represented Jamaica at the regional Twenty20 level three seasons ago, while Harrison was the leading runscorer during the trials, with knocks of 82, 118, 63, and four.
West Indies representatives fast bowler Jerome Taylor and batsman Jermaine Blackwood have also been included in the squad, which boasts former Leeward Islands batsman Devon Thomas and young Guyanese opener Trevon Griffith, who is a franchise draft pick.
The Jamaica unit is slated to depart on January 4 ahead the January 7-24 tournament, which will be held jointly by Trinidad and Tobago and St Kitts.
Drawn in a tough Group A, Jamaica will play alongside hosts and defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, Barbados Pride and ICC Americas.
They will open their campaign against the T&T Red Force on January 7 at Queen’s Park Oval.
Group B, to be contested in St Kitts, includes last year’s beaten finalists Guyana Jaguars, hosts Leewards Hurricanes, Windwards Volcanoes, and the Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners. Jamaica Scorpions
John Campbell (captain),
Trevon Griffith, Jermaine Harrison,
Andre McCarthy, Jermaine Blackwood,