West Indies hand Beaton de­but

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ST. JOHN’S: West Indies on Fri­day called up un­capped fast bowler Rons­ford Beaton into their 13man squad to face Afghanistan in a three-match Twenty20 se­ries next month.

The tall 24-year-old fast bowler has so far played 36 T20 matches, with 31 wick­ets in­clud­ing best fig­ures of 4-9.

Test skip­per Jason Holder has been rested af­ter a gru­elling bat­tle against Pak­istan which saw West Indies lose the Test, ODI and T20 se­ries.

“Af­ter the T20 Se­ries against Pak­istan (which was lost 3-1) we felt that it was im­por­tant to keep the same group to­gether so that the coaches can con­tinue de­vel­op­ing the young play­ers,” said Court­ney Browne, the chair­man of the se­lec­tion panel.

“This cou­pled with the vast T20 ex­pe­ri­ence of some of our se­nior play­ers can help us to build a very for­mi­da­ble unit.”

West Indies, the de­fend­ing world T20 cham­pi­ons, in­sisted they will not take Afghanistan lightly, es­pe­cially as the Asian side are push­ing hard to be granted Test match sta­tus.

“In de­vel­op­ing a high per­for­mance unit there is never room for com­pla­cency and our ex­pec­ta­tion is to win against a team that is ranked lower than us in the ICC rankings,” added Browne.

The three games against Afghanistan will all take place at Warner Park in St Kitts — on June 2, 3 and 5.

The two teams will also play three one-day­ers later in the month.

SQUAD: Car­los Brath­waite (cap­tain), Sa­muel Badree, Rons­ford Beaton, Evin Lewis, Jason Mo­hammed, Su­nil Narine, Kieron Pol­lard, Rov­man Pow­ell, Mar­lon Sa­muels, Lendl Sim­mons, Jerome Tay­lor, Chadwick Wal­ton, Kes­rick Williams. AFP

Rons­ford Beaton

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