Gayle and Taylor in Jamaica squad
Chris Gayle and Jerome Taylor, senior West Indies players, who had participated in the players' strike that saw them miss the home series against Bangladesh and the ICC Champions Trophy, have been named in the Jamaica squad for the President's Cup starting October 28.
Availability for the domestic one-dayers was a condition the West Indies board lay down on the striking players for selection to the tour of Australia in November-December. Dwayne Bravo, Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies allrounder, had said all striking players would make themselves available for the Australia tour despite the contracts issue remaining unresolved.
The squad also includes left-arm spinner Nikita Miller and middle-order batsman David Bernard, who were in the second-string West Indies side against Bangladesh as well as other internationals Brendan Nash, Xavier Marshall, Wavell Hinds, Brenton Parchment, Shawn Findlay, and Carlton Baugh.
Andrew Richardson, who was called up to West Indies' squad for the tour of England earlier this year after taking 32 first-class wickets in the 2008-09 season, also makes the squad along with Tamar Lambert, the leading scorer for Jamaica in last season's one-day competition, Odean Brown, Jason Dawes, Krishmar Santokie, Danza Hyatt and newcomer Zeniffe Fowler. The squad will be trimmed to 14 members a week and a half before the start of the tournament. Jamaica will take on defending champions Trinidad & Tobago on the opening day.
Gayle has been recommended as captain with David Bernard as his deputy.
Jamaica squad: Chris Gayle, Odean Brown, Jason Dawes, Krishmar Santokie, Danza Hyatt, Zeniffe Fowler, Brendan Nash, Xavier Marshall, Wavell Hinds, Brenton Parchment, Shawn Findlay, Carlton Baugh, Jerome Taylor, Nikita Miller and David Bernard.