Shimron Hetmyer has been named captain of West Indies for the Under-19 World Cup to be held in Bangladesh in January-February 2016.

Hetmyer, who was also featured in the 2014 edition of the tournament in the United Arab Emirates, is one of two players along with Alzarri Joseph, the pacer, to have first-class experience.

Hetmyer made his first-class debut for Guyana in April 2014, and has played five matches since. Joseph, meanwhile, made his debut for Leeward Islands and has picked up 17 wickets in five matches, with a best of 7 for 46.

"We have put together a group of players we believe will perform for the West Indies," said Clive Lloyd, the WICB chairman of selectors. "We see them as future Test cricketers for the West Indies and this tour is an opportunity for them to be exposed at the international level against strong opposition."

West Indies are placed in Group C alongside England, Fiji and Zimbabwe. They open their campaign on January 29 against Fiji in Chittagong.

Prior to the tournament, West Indies will play Bangladesh Under-19 in a three-match series as part of their preparation for the World Cup.

Squad: Shimron Hetmyer (capt), Keemo Paul, Kacey Carty, Shahid Crooks, Michael Frew, Jyd Goolie, Tevin Imlach, Ryan John, Alzarri Joseph, Kirstan Kallicharan, Obed McCoy, Gidron Pope, Odean Smith, Shamar Springer, Emmanuel Stewart