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Samuels not surprised by U-19 selections

Published:Friday | September 13, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

The selection of six members of Jamaica's double-winning team to the West Indies Under-19 squad has come as no surprise to national Under-19 coach Robert Samuels.The players, led by 17-year-old off-spinning captain Ramaal Lewis, are down to represent West Indies Under-19 in a seven match one-day series against touring Bangladesh in Guyana next month.

Batsmen Brandon King, Tristan Coleman and Leroy Lug, batting all-rounder Fabian Allen and fast bowler Marquino Mindley are the other Jamaicans.

"I was not really surprised at the selections as when you look at the tournament statistics, I believe we would have had quite a number of picks," said Samuels.

"Coleman was very good throughout batting-wise, King stroked the ball well and looked good every time he was at the crease, while Lug ended as the team's leading run-scorer.

"As for Lewis, he bowled with variation and accuracy throughout, while Allen got runs and wickets.

"Mindley, meanwhile, was a part of the West Indies Under-19 team last year, and having bowled well this year, one also expected him to make a return," he added.

Jamaica retained the three-day league trophy, and added the 50-overs knockout equivalent at this year's regional Under-19 tournament.

King, Coleman and Mindley were participating in their final year at the regional Under-19 level, while Lewis, Lug, and Allen are eligible for next year's staging.

The West Indies Under-19 versus Bangladesh Under-19 series is slated to bowl off at the Guyana National Stadium on Monday, October 7.

Both teams will be using the tournament as a warm-up ahead of next year's ICC Youth World Cup.