Youth World Cup star Smith in for one-day se­ries

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KINGSTON, Ja­maica, CMC – Youth World Cup star Odean Smith has been named in a 13-mem­ber West Indies A squad to face Sri Lanka A, in the three-match one-day se­ries which bowls off here to­mor­row.

The 20-year-old fast bowler was a mem­ber of the West Indies Un­der-19 side that won the Youth World Cup in Bangladesh last year Jan­uary, and also fea­tured ex­ten­sively for his na­tive Ja­maica Tallawahs in this year’s Caribbean Premier League.

Smith has been joined by the trio of all-rounder Kyle May­ers, fast bowler Rons­ford Beaton and bats­man An­dre McCarthy, as the new faces in the squad led by wick­et­keeper Jah­mar Hamil­ton. Fast bowler Odean Smith. “The squad builds on our last Pres­i­dent’s XI squad which played against Eng­land ear­lier this year with Jah­mar Hamil­ton re­tained as cap­tain,” chief selector, Court­ney Browne said.

“Play­ers com­ing into the square are those to re­place the play­ers that have moved up to the se­nior team or those that are not avail­able at this time.”

West Indies A are com­ing off a dis­ap­point­ing 2-1 de­feat in the three-match four-day “Test” se­ries, which wrapped up last week­end.

They won the first “Test” by an in­nings at the Trelawny Multi-Pur­pose Sta­dium on the coun­try’s north coast but lost the sec­ond match by 280 runs and the third by 10 wick­ets.

When the two sides last met in a one-day se­ries on the Caribbean side’s tour of Sri Lanka last Oc­to­ber, Windies A swept the three-match se­ries.

Browne re­minded that with the next year fea­tur­ing a packed one-day pro­gramme, this se­ries would be im­por­tant for play­ers in get­ting the at­ten­tion of se­lec­tors.

“Our ‘A’ team pro­gramme is a step­ping stone to our se­nior team and the pan­els want to en­cour­age play­ers to fo­cus on con­sis­tent per­for­mances,” said the for­mer Test wick­et­keeper.

“With a full year of One-day In­ter­na­tional matches com­ing up next year, in­clud­ing the ICC World Cup qual­i­fiers next March in Zim­babwe, this is another op­por­tu­nity, along with the Re­gional Su­per50 Cup next Jan­uary, for play­ers to present them­selves for any places avail­able in the se­nior team.”

The sec­ond match on Fri­day is also set for Sabina Park be­fore the se­ries wraps up in Trelawny next Sun­day.

Oden Smith

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