Where are the Jamaicans? - JCA's Francis questions Windies snub
Jamaica Cricket Association's (JCA) chief operating officer Courtney Francis says he does not believe that Jamaica is being victimised by Cricket West Indies (CWI) after no local player was selected for the upcoming Windies tour of India in October.
Francis said that it would be unfair to accuse CWI of 'ill will' towards the nation as it has certain selection criteria that most are not aware of, and also it is aiming to select the strongest possible squad for victory.
"People could say 'why is Nikita Miller not in the team, as against Jomel Warrican? Why is John Campbell not there as against someone else?' but I am not au fait (best informed) with the selection policy and I do believe that in all instances, CWI is going to try and pick its best team," Francis told The Gleaner. "If it so happens that the best team includes no Jamaicans, then that's how it is."
However, Francis said that he sees strong reasons for selecting Jamaicans in the squad, even if he does not know CWI's selection policy.
MOST FIRST-CLASS PLAYERS
"Jamaica has the most players playing first-class cricket across the Caribbean; we have more players in the CPL (Caribbean Premier League) than any other territory," he said. "So we are producing players that are playing, not just in the Caribbean, but globally. We also have a lot of players in the Windies 'A' team, so it means we have a number of players in the next tier. It means that maybe in another year or two, if they continue to invest in the players and those guys are putting up the performances, they will have their chance."
But Francis said that the squad named perhaps suggests that the JCA needs to look into whether there is an aspect of talent development it needs to improve.
"Maybe we need to have a little discussion with CWI as to what we need to do to ensure that our players get in line with their standards," he said.
Jason Holder (captain, Barbados), Sunil Ambris (St Vincent), Devendra Bishoo (Guyana), Kraigg Brathwaite (Barbados), Roston Chase (Barbados), Shane Dowrich (Barbados), Shannon Gabriel (Trinidad and Tobago), Jahmar Hamilton (Anguilla), Shimron Hetmyer (Guyana), Shai Hope (Barbados), Alzarri Joseph (Antigua), Keemo Paul (Guyana), Kieran Powell (St Kitts and Nevis), Kemar Roach (Barbados), Jomel Warrican (St Vincent and the Grenadines).
Jamaicans in the CPL:
- Chadwick Walton (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
- Andre Russell (Jamaica Tallawahs)
- Andre McCarthy (JT)
- Kennar Lewis (JT)
- Krishmar Santokie (JT)
- Oshane Thomas (JT)
- Rovman Powell (JT)
- Chris Gayle (St Kitts and Nevis Patriots)
- Brandon King (SKNP)
- Fabian Allen (SKNP)
- Christopher Lamont (St Lucia Stars)
- Odean Smith (SLS)
- Nikita Miller (Trinbago Knight Riders)