Miller hails T20 op­por­tu­nity for emerg­ing crick­eters

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Jer­maine Lan­na­man Gleaner Writer

Oraine Wil­liams CAP­TAIN NIKITA Miller has de­scribed as unique the op­por­tu­nity that has been pro­vided for new and emerg­ing play­ers of Ja­maica at the tri­an­gu­lar Twenty20 cricket tour­na­ment in­volv­ing the Wind­ward Is­lands and An­tigua and Bar­buda.

The week-long tour­na­ment, which forms part of An­tigua and Bar­buda’s In­de­pen­dence Day Cel­e­bra­tions, bowls off to­day in An­tigua.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity for the new and emerg­ing play­ers to show the na­tional se­lec­tors what they are ca­pa­ble of,” said Miller, who, along with his team­mates, de­parted the coun­try yes­ter­day.

He added: “I am, there­fore, look­ing for­ward to them ex­press­ing them­selves in the way they know how to. Some of the play­ers who are in this team will more than likely be in the set-up for prepa­ra­tions for the re­gional Su­per50 tour­na­ment in Jan­uary.’’

The team, which has a mix­ture of re­cent Ja­maica and West Indies Un­der-19 rep­re­sen­ta­tives, in­cludes two play­ers with West Indies-level ex­pe­ri­ence. They are Miller and re­turn­ing leg-spin all-rounder, Gavin Wal­lace.

Set to play lead­ing roles, the duo will also have sup­port in promis­ing bats­man Bran­don King, fast bowler Nicholson Gor­don, and young Guyan­aborn opener Trevon Grif­fith, who rep­re­sents Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons.

RE­GIONAL REP­RE­SEN­TA­TION

The other mem­bers of the Ju­nior Ben­nett-coached ag­gre­ga­tion are ei­ther for­mer na­tional tri­als invitees or are new to re­gional rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the Ja­maica se­nior level.

“It’s a na­tional team, and although it’s not a re­gional level tour­na­ment, the aim is to win,” con­tin­ued Miller, who cap­tained Ja­maica for the first time at the re­gional Su­per50 ear­lier this year.

“I can­not speak for the other par­tic­i­pat­ing teams as I have not seen their squads, but I know, for ex­am­ple, that Devon Thomas will be play­ing for An­tigua.

“We will, there­fore, be go­ing there to play the best cricket pos­si­ble and, hope­fully, it will help us to the ti­tle.”

Ja­maica squad – Nikita Miller – cap­tain, Oraine Wil­liams, Jer­maine Har­ri­son, Trevon Grif­fith, Kerry Hol­ness, Bran­don King, Der­val Green, Ro­maine Mor­ris, Oshane Thomas, Nicholson Gor­don, Gavin Wal­lace, Pete Sal­mon, and Fabian Allen.

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