NATIONAL Under-19 players John Campbell and Aldane Thomas were yesterday included in Jamaica's 14-man squad to challenge for the 2013 Caribbean Twenty20 (CT20) cricket championship to be played in Trinidad & Tobago and St Lucia in January.
The attacking Campbell, an opening batsman, recently represented the West Indies at the Youth World Cup, while Thomas doubles as a wicketkeeper-batsman.
Batting all-rounder Tamar Lambert, the team's successful long-time skipper who also bowls off spin, will lead the team, while another all-rounder, medium pacer David Bernard Jr, is the vice-captain.
Gayle and samuels out
The island's top two cricketers, West Indies stars Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, have not been included, as they have been contracted to play in Australia's Big Bash T20 tournament, which will be taking place at the same time.
Notwithstanding, the country will have at its disposal a fair number of cricketers with international experience, with André Russell, Danza Hyatt, Nikita Miller, Nkrumah Bonner and Krishmar Santokie among those to have donned the West Indies colours.
The selection panel of head coach Junior Bennett, former Jamaica batsmen Robert Samuels and Delroy Morgan, along with chairman Courtney Daley, have lengthened their focus on youthful talent beyond Thomas and Campbell, as they have also included André McCarthy, Jamie Merchant and Yannick Elliott, who recently played at national Under-19 level.
SQUAD: Tamar Lambert (captain), David Bernard Jr (vice captain), Nkrumah Bonner, André Russell, Danza Hyatt, André McCarthy, Jamie Merchant, Nikita Miller, Odean Brown, Krishmar Santokie, Yannick Elliott, Sheldon Cotterell, Aldane Thomas, John Campbell.