India tour of West Indies, 2005-06 May 10, 2006

Jamaica name strong squad for Indian tour opener

Cricinfo staff

Wavell Hinds will lead Jamaica against the Indians © Getty Images

The Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) has named a strong 15-man squad, including eight Test players, for next Tuesday's match between the touring Indian team and Jamaica at Jarrett Park. Wavell Hinds, the West Indian batsman, has been named as captain for the one-day match.

Brian Breese, the JCA's cricket operations manager, said that there was a possibility that all eight Test players may not take part, however. "The West Indies team will be playing the Indians two days after the Montego Bay game so the West Indies Cricket Board could well ask one or two of the players named to sit out the game," he has been quoted as saying by the Jamaica Observer. "Nonetheless, it should be a very strong Jamaican team going up against the Indians."

Breese added that Xavier Marshall, the Jamaican opener, was not included owing to a suspension from his parish team while Dwight Washington, the fast bowler, was away in the United States. "Young Washington would most certainly be under consideration for this game but he is away in the United States at this time," said Breese. "We are in touch with him and he is still very much a part of the national programme."

Jamaica Cricket Association squad : Wavell Hinds (capt), Chris Gayle, Donovan Pagon, Marlon Samuels, Daren Powell, Jerome Taylor, Nikita Miller, Carlton Baugh (wk), Jermaine Lawson, Tamar Lambert, Bevon Brown, Danza Hyatt, Andrew Richardson, Damion Ebanks and Donovan Sinclair.