Bennett says trio has to live with the 'consequences'
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's senior cricket team coach, Junior Bennett, is refusing to comment on the likely impact of the omission of fast bowlers Daren Powell and André Russell, and off-spinner Bevon Brown, from the 13-member squad for their opening encounter against the Windward Islands at Chedwin Park, starting next Friday.
The trio were omitted by the national selection committee due to disciplinary reasons.
Powell, it is understood, missed a training session without informing the team's management, while Russell and Brown, it is reported, left the venue to change their cheques during one of a recent trial matches, also without the consent of the team's management.
"I cannot look at how it (their non-availability and subsequent non-selection) may affect the team. If it was a case of injury or so, then perhaps it would have been appropriate, but for now I would prefer not to comment," said Bennett.
"A decision has been taken and we just have to work with it. There are team guidelines and policies that are set and those who breach them will have to live with the consequences, as they knew beforehand," he added.
Twenty-one-year-old Russell is a relative newcomer, despite having six matches under his belt, and is yet to make a name for himself, but it is the omission of Powell and Brown that has some cricket observers asking "what if?"
Powell, 31, after being dropped from the West Indies team, has been recovering from an injury and was expected to lead the bowling attack in the absence of Jerome Taylor, who is yet to recover from an injury sustained in Australia recently.
This duty is now expected to fall in the hands of Andrew Richardson, David Bernard Jr., Jason Dawes and Shawn Findlay, who has been blossoming into an all-rounder recently.
Brown, 30, who played key bowling and batting roles in helping Jamaica to the title last season with his economical off-spin, was expected to challenge for one of the bowling spots along with leg-spinner Odean Brown and left-arm spinner Nikita Miller.
The trio, however, will be available for selection for Jamaica's second game.
Jamaica, who will be without first-choice captain Chris Gayle for most, if not all of the season due to his participation in Australia's domestic Big Bash Twenty20 competition, will be seeking to do what no other Jamaican team has done before - win the Four-day title three years in a row.