Miller time!

Prom­i­nent spin­ner to lead Ja­maica in WICB Pro­fes­sional League

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Gleaner Writer

NIKITA MILLER will be a new cap­tain when Ja­maica take the field for their first match of the new-look re­gional four-day Dig­i­cel Sport­sMax WICB Pro­fes­sional League, which bowls off in two weeks.

The left-arm spin­ner, who has rep­re­sented the West Indies at var­i­ous lev­els, has been named as a re­place­ment cap­tain for young Paul Palmer Jr., who has once again been stripped of the post.

Palmer Jr was relieved of the po­si­tion mid­way last sea­son due to poor bat­ting form, but was re­in­stated for the fi­nal few matches of the sea­son.

That is not the only neg­a­tive against Palmer Jr., as he has also failed to make the squad for the team’s open­ing match-up away to de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Guyana Jaguars.

The 14-mem­ber squad, which was an­nounced yes­ter­day by the na­tional se­lec­tors, has once again seen the omis­sion of out-of-favour West Indies rep­re­sen­ta­tives, wick­et­keeper Carl­ton Baugh Jr and all­rounder David Bernard Jr. The ex­pe­ri­enced duo, fol­low­ing a string of poor per­for­mances, missed sev­eral matches last sea­son.

Also miss­ing from the squad is an­other dis­carded West Indies bats­man, Bar­ba­dian Kirk Ed­wards, who af­ter be­ing drafted as a re­gional over­seas player last sea­son, was dropped for the fi­nal set of matches due to poor per­for­mances.

Ed­wards has since re­turned to his home­land with the hope of mak­ing the Bar­ba­dos team this sea­son.

UN­CAPPED PLAYER

The squad, which has An­tiguan Devon Thomas and young Guyanese opener Trevon Grif­fith as its manda­tory two re­gional over­seas play­ers, fea­tures one un­capped player in fast bowl­ing all-rounder, Der­val Green.

A for­mer na­tional Un­der-19 cap­tain, Green has rep­re­sented Ja­maica in four List-A re­gional Su­per50 matches, but is yet to make his four­day de­but.

Ja­maica, who has for the past three sea­sons strug­gled, hav­ing fin­ished fourth, fifth and third, re­spec­tively, will this year be coached by Robert Sa­muels.

The for­mer West Indies opener has re­placed long­stand­ing coach, Ju­nior Ben­nett, who has now been ap­pointed chair­man of se­lec­tors.

Ja­maica will open against the Leon John­son-led Guyana next Fri­day at the Prov­i­dence Sta­dium.

Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons squad – Nikita Miller (cap­tain), John Camp­bell, Trevon Grif­fith, Devon Thomas, Jer­maine Black­wood, Bran­don King, Sha­caya Thomas, An­dre McCarthy, Chad­wick Wal­ton, Damion Ja­cobs, Der­val Green, Mar­quino Mind­ley and Ja­son Dawes. Fit­ness trainer David Bernard Sr, phys­io­ther­a­pist Matthew Parch­ment.

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