Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Chairman of selectors and manager of Jamaica's Under-19 team, Wavell Hinds, says he is looking forward to the team retaining the West Indies Under-19 tournament three-day and one-day titles when this year's staging of the event gets going this weekend.
The Robert Samuels-conditioned unit, which surrendered the three-day title to the Windward Islands and the one-day crown to Trinidad and Tobago in Guyana last year, has four members who were part of that contingent, and according to Hinds, if they pull their weight then he is expecting great things.
"It's a pretty decent team, especially given the fact that we have four returning players," said Hinds, shortly after the team's presentation of colours at Sabina Park yesterday.
"I expect these seniors to lead from the front, and if they do I expect them to really challenge for the title," he added.
The four returning players are current West Indies Under-19 representatives opener John Campbell, leg-spinner Donovan Nelson and stylish middle-order batsman, Ramon Senior, as well as batsman Brian Gayle.
They are expected to get valuable support from in-form batsmen Chrishna Graham, Oshane Walters and Tazwyane Creary, wicketkeeper Aldane Thomas, spinner Markino Minley, and fast bowler James McDonald.
"The strength of the team lies in its all-round ability, with our bowlers and batsman capable of being match winners," Hinds said.
"We also have a good chemistry with most of the players getting to know each other throughout our many training camps, trials and practice matches."
The Jamaica squad, which will depart the country today, will open their three-day campaign on Sunday against Trinidad and Tobago.
SQUAD: Donovan Nelson - captain, John Campbell, Ramon Senior, Brian Gayle, Chrishna Graham, Oshane Walters, Tazwayne Creary, Aldane Thomas, Markino Minley, James McDonald, Rovman Powell, Fabian Allen, Tajay Edwards, Rajhni Francis.