St. John’s, Antigua, November 15 – (www.barbadoscricket.org – Having recovered from injuries, the talented Barbadian pair of Kevin Wickham and Jaden Leacock have been added to the West Indies Rising Stars Under-19s squad, which now numbers 28 for the High-Performance Camp in Antigua as part of the preparations for the ICC Youth World Cup to be hosted in the Caribbean for the first time next January and February.

Wickham, a right-hand batter and right-arm wrist spinner and Leacock, a right-arm fast-medium bowler and right-hand batter, will be assessed by the coaches and selectors for the camp, which runs from November 15 to 28 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.

Leacock was nursing a finger injury while Wickham had a broken leg.

They bring to six the number of Barbadians in the squad. The others are batsmen Rivaldo Clarke and Shaqkere Parris, who also both keep wicket, all-rounder Giovonte Depeiza and fast bowler Johann Layne.

The camp follows a previous one and trial matches held in August.

Robert Haynes, the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Lead Selector for the West Indies Rising Stars U19s said: “Having had a month-long camp in Antigua in August followed by the 18-man West Indies Under-19 squad tour of England, I am looking forward to see the continued progress and improvements of the various players as well as to interact with them to understand their thinking and approach to the game.”

“The two-week camp will include four practice matches along with continued skills and physical development, and it’s an opportunity for all players invited to stake a claim for selection for the series at home and the ICC Under19 Cricket World Cup,” Haynes added.

CWI also announced that West Indies batting legend and former captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul will join the squad as batting consultant.

Chanderpaul, who had an outstanding international career, is the most capped player in West Indies Test history. He played 164 matches and made 11,867 runs at an average of 51.37. He is the newest member of the coaching staff, headed by Head Coach Floyd Reifer.

Jimmy Adams, CWI’s Director of Cricket said: “We want to welcome Shivnarine Chanderpaul to the Rising Stars U19s group and we look forward to him working with our young players at this critical stage in their development pathway. Shiv has a tremendous amount of cricketing knowledge and know-how and he will be a great addition to the coaching staff. We already have another icon of the game in Sir Curtly Ambrose, who has been involved with the squad since the camp in August, as well as several other outstanding coaches.”

The ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup tournament will be hosted by CWI from January 4 to February 3, 2022. Before the World Cup, West Indies are due to finalise their squad preparation with a five-match series at home. Further details will be announced once officially confirmed.

FULL SQUAD:

Onaje Amory (Leeward Islands; Right-hand bat/right-arm off-spin)

Anderson Amurdan (Leeward Islands; Right-hand opening bat)

Ackeem Auguste (Windward Islands; Left-hand bat/right-arm leg-spin)

Justin Beckford (Jamaica; Right-hand bat/right-arm off-spin)

Teddy Bishop (Windward Islands; Right-hand opening bat)

Carlon Bowen-Tuckett (Leeward Islands; Right-hand bat/wicket-keeper)

Jaden Carmichael (Leeward Islands; Right-hand bat/left-arm spin)

McKenny Clarke (Windward Islands; Right-hand bat/right-arm fast)

Rivaldo Clarke (Barbados; Right-hand bat/wicket-keeper)

Amrit Dass (Trinidad & Tobago; Right-hand bat/left-arm chinaman)

Giovonte Depeiza (Barbados; Right-hand bat/left-arm spin)

Nathan Edward (Leeward Islands; Left-hand bat/left-arm fast-medium)

Andel Gordon (Jamaica; Right-hand bat/left-arm medium-pace)

Sion Hackett (Trinidad & Tobago; Right-hand bat/right-arm medium-fast)

Justin Jagessar (Trinidad & Tobago; Right-hand bat)

Jordan Johnson (Jamaica; Left-hand bat/right-arm leg-spin)

Kyle Kissoondath (Trinidad & Tobago; Right-hand bat/right-arm leg-spin)

Johann Layne (Barbados; Right-hand bat/right-arm fast-medium)

Jaden Leacock (Barbados; Right-hand bat/right-arm fast-medium)

Nicholas Lewin (Jamaica; Right-hand bat/right-arm off-spin)

Anderson Mahase (Trinidad & Tobago; Left-hand bat/left-arm spin)

Matthew Nandu (Guyana; Right-hand bat/right-arm off-spin)

Shaqkere Parris (Barbados; Right-hand bat/wicket-keeper)

Kelvin Pittman (Leeward Islands; Right-hand bat/right-arm fast-medium)

Shiva Sankar (Trinidad & Tobago; Right-hand bat/right-arm medium-fast)

Vasant Singh (Trinidad & Tobago; Right-hand bat/right-arm leg-spin)

Isai Thorne (Guyana; Right-hand bat/right-arm fast)

Kevin Wickham (Barbados; Right-hand bat/right-arm wrist spin) 

TEAM MANAGEMENT

Floyd Reifer (Head Coach)

Rohan Nurse (Assistant Coach)

Sir Curtly Ambrose (Assistant Coach – bowling)

Shiv Chanderpaul (Batting Consultant)

Steve Liburd (Assistant Coach – fielding)

Ryan Austin (Assistant Coach – spin bowling)

Jamal Smith (Assistant Coach – wicket-keeping)

Junie Mitchum (Team Manager)

Gregory Seales (Strength and Conditioning Coach)

Lyndon Knights (Physiotherapist)

Avenesh Seetaram (Team Analyst)

Jelani Robertson (Mental Skills Coach)