Under-19 World Cup 2012 July 10, 2012

Brathwaite to lead West Indies in U-19 World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kraigg Brathwaite, the Test opener, has been named captain of the 15-man West Indies squad for the Under-19 World Cup in Australia in August. John Campbell, the left-hand top-order batsman, will be vice-captain. Former West Indies captain and fast bowler Courtney Walsh has been named manager of the squad.

Brathwaite has already played nine Test matches and has four half-centuries. Campbell and Brathwaite were also part of the West Indies top order in the previous edition of the U-19 World Cup in 2010. The other opener in the squad is Keiron Joseph.

The middle order has Anthony Alleyne, Akeal Hosein and Kavem Hodge. Stephen Katwaroo is the wicketkeeper while Sunil Ambris is the reserve keeper.

The squad includes two fast-bowling allrounders - Kyle Mayers and Justin Greaves. There are three specialist fast bowlers in Marquino Mindley, Jerome Jones and Ronsford Beaton, who has played eight first-class matches for Guyana.

There are also two specialist spinners - Amir Khan, who bowls legbreaks and googlies, and Derone Davis, who bowls left-arm orthodox.

The team will leave from Barbados on July 17 for a camp in Brisbane before the official pre-tournament matches. West Indies have been drawn in Group C alongside India, Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea in the 16-team biennial event. They play their first match against India on August 12.

Players from the 10 Full Member countries born on or after 1 September 1992 are eligible to participate in the ICC U-19 World Cup 2012, while the eligibility criteria for the six Associate and Affiliate Members is 1 September 1991.

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  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Kraigg is a good prospect for the future of West Indies cricket but right now he needs to play more cricket for Barbados & West Indies A & under 19 cricket team as he is not quite the finished product. He needs to knock down the door to the test team with heavy & consistent scoring against quality opposition like Jamaica & other A teams. he as well as Powell were gifted a place in the test team by Gibson & co before the could handle real cricket. Maybe he could get a few games against Bangladesh Zimbabwe & Ireland but not quality opposition. Wish him & his squad all the best down under. It should be a great learning experience

  • Carl on July 12, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Seems a well balanced squad. Great that they will get an opportunity early in their careers to play on Australian wickets. Let us hope that some of them return there in the future with the full team, and WIN! In the meantime, good luck to the boys...and Mr.Walsh (great appointment).

  • Satesh on July 12, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    very good choice for captaincy. Brathwaite is a very good batsman and just needs to regain his confidence. hopefully the responsibility of being captain will motivate him to bat his way into being productive and lead from the front. He also has a healthy desire to spend time in the middle and given time can only improve in multiple big scores. Good luck to him and the team. Walsh will also inspire this team to have a rather good work ethics, which he himself is very well known for.

  • Randy on July 10, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    A solid team being fielded here by Windies.

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Congrats to my fellow Combermere man, Brathwaite. I know he will do an excellent job as he's from good stock, an ongoing beneficiary of a support system second to none and knows the game well for someone his age. My prayer is that by personal example, Braf will lead the team to victory in the tournament. Won't be easy for sure, but is doable if everyone lifts his game. May the Lord bless thee.

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