New-look selection committee - Hinds chairman of panel for national senior team
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Former West Indies batsman, Wavell Hinds, has been appointed chairman of a new-look national senior selection panel for cricket.
Hinds, who is also a director of Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), makes the move up from the national Under-19 selection panel of which he has been chairman for the past two years.
The former middle-order batsman is joined on the selection team by fast-bowling great Courtney Walsh and former national players Delroy Morgan, Wayne Lewis and Cleveland Davidson.
"The new board in selecting the panel deliberated carefully and in the end we believe what we came up with was a good mix," said JCA president, Wilford 'Billy' Heaven.
"We have Morgan coming back to lend his experience, Hinds and Davidson stepping up from their successful stint with the under-19s, Lewis, who is new, plus Walsh.
"It's a very capable unit, one that we believe will not only help us to continue to win regional titles, but also to get more players playing for the West Indies," he declared.
It will be the first time Walsh, the recently elected JCA second vice-president, and Lewis will be serving as national selectors.
However, for Morgan, it will be his third time after serving on the two previous panels with outgoing chairman Courtnay Daley and West Indies Under-19 assistant coach Robert Samuels.
It is understood that Daley, another former national player, did not seek reappointment, while Samuels, due to his recent West Indies Under-19 appointment, was not considered.
"You have some people who didn't really offer themselves for selection to the panel," said Heaven. "But even so, you at times need new faces and fresh talents going forward, and I believe that's the case with this new panel that we have."
The panel, in the meanwhile, which will be complemented by the addition of two co-opted members - national senior team coach Junior Bennett and a to-be-named national captain - is set to select two national squads over the next few weeks.
The first will be a 14-man squad for the WICB Super50 Tournament, which will be held in Trinidad and Tobago, beginning on January 30.
This will then be followed by a squad for the WICB Four-Day Tournament, which is set to start in late February.
Jamaica, after winning a record five straight regional four-day titles, were dethroned by Barbados this year.
They also failed to defend their Super50 title after going down to eventual champions Windward Islands in the semi-finals.