'Squad is best we could come up with' - Collymore
Corey Collymore, Barbados' new captain, has said his team will be hunting for a big victory against the Windward Islands in their opening match in Arnos Vale on Friday. Collymore was appointed captain after Ryan Hinds was sacked in September last year.
"Barbados has a great legacy," Collymore said. "It is something that we all need to carry on but at the end of the day it is another cricket game. Cricket is always a hard game to play but we are going out there to win and try to win handsomely."
Looking forward to leading Barbados, Collymore said the squad chosen for the match against Windward Islands was the "best we could come up with". "I do believe it is a great test for anyone captaining for the first time."
Collymore will have the services of former West Indies internationals Hinds, Tino Best and allrounder Dwayne Smith. With Patrick Browne asked to join the West Indies squad in South Africa to share the wicketkeeping workload with Denesh Ramdin, Carlo Morris has been handed gloves for Barbados. Fast-medium bowlers Jonathan Carter and Kemar Roach, picked in the squad, are yet to play any first-class matches.
Collymore, 30, who was overlooked for the West Indies' tour of South Africa, said his immediate goal was achieving more cricketing glory for Barbados.
"My focus is to help Barbados cricket go forward and that is my main focus at the moment," he said. Collymore hoped he would make a comeback in to the national side based on his performances. If being [ranked] No. 11 in the world doesn't mean anything, well it's all part of life," he said.
In the five Carib Beer Series games he played last season, Collymore took 14 wickets at 20.21, with a best of 6 for 30.
Corey Collymore (capt), Sulieman Benn, Tino Best, Sharmarh Brooks, Jonathan Carter, Jason Haynes, Ryan Hinds, Alcindo Holder, Carlo Morris, Dale Richards, Kemar Roach, Dwayne Smith, Kevin Stoute