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HEADLINE: Powell, Hope in Presidentís XI but Ambris snubbed 2017-04-12 06:44:41 

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Left-hander Kieran Powell was in line for a return to Test action after being named in WICB President’s XI side to face Pakistan in a three-day game starting in Jamaica next weekend.

The 27 year old, who three years ago abruptly took a self-imposed break from the game, announced his return earlier this year by amassing a tournament-best 513 runs in the Regional Super50, with three hundreds.

He was subsequently included in the West Indies one-day squad but has met with little success, scoring a single half-century so far in five innings.

The WICB President’s XI, which will be led as usual by Barbados Pride’s Shamarh Brooks, includes out-of-form left-hander Vishaul Singh as vice-captain, along with the leading run-scorer in the first class tournament, Kyle Hope of Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.

However, not even an imperious double hundred last month has been enough for Sunil Ambris to force his way back into the side.

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CricketLuva4 2017-04-12 07:00:11 

In reply to

Maybe because Ambris is in the test squad?

mikesiva 2017-04-12 07:08:18 

In reply to CricketLuva4

That's what I was thinking....

Shamarh Brooks (captain), Vishaul Singh (vice captain), Rahkeem Cornwall, Jahmar Hamilton, Shimron Hetmyer, Kyle Hope, Damion Jacobs, Keon Joseph, Kieran Powell, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach.

Aside from the obvious...the top performers in the PCL include veterans Shiv Chanderpaul, Nikita Miller and Devon Smith, so when they are omitted, there's not much left to choose from.

Could this be how they will bat?

1) Kieran Powell
2) Kyle Hope
3) Shimron Hetmyer
4) Shamar Brooks
5) Vishaul Singh
6) Raymon Reifer
7) Jahmar Hamilton
cool Rakheem Cornwall
9) Damion Jacobs
10) Kemar Roach
11) Keon Joseph

Courtesy 2017-04-12 07:13:39 

Does Damion Jacobs bowl the googly and the flipper with regularity?

If not, we can forget about him and others with similar skill.

big grin

Drapsey 2017-04-12 07:43:38 

Oh shoot, only one Yardie in 32 year-old Damion Jacobs good enough to make the President's XI?

How the mighty have fallen!

mikesiva 2017-04-12 07:52:42 

In reply to Drapsey

The west indies team is anything but mighty now.
big grin

Slipfeeler 2017-04-12 08:22:17 

In reply to Drapsey

When Yardie team weak correspondingly so is WI team! Match been played in unofficially The Usain Bolt Stadium, West Jamaica near the tourist resort Mecca of Montego Bay. BTW what has Ambris done to selectors if he cannot even make a President X1 team?

voiceofreason 2017-04-12 08:55:14 

Buh wait? Them boy buss the news before Judgement? Nah!

Seriously speaking something is wrong if Ambris is not in the Test/Pres XI squads. Let us see what happens with the Test squad.

anthonyp 2017-04-12 09:02:29 

In reply to voiceofreason

Gotta be in the test squad... don't think they gonna leave one the best young batsman out...

DIEHARD 2017-04-12 09:52:26 

In reply to

WTF?? shock

tc1 2017-04-12 10:46:22 

In reply to voiceofreason

Judgement know all the players and administrators, he flies with the west indies team

tc1 2017-04-12 10:54:31 

The test squad should be the same as the last test match with Shai coming in for Samuels, and Ambris for Lil B, and if Powell, Hope or Hetemeyer makes runs, one of them will come in for Johnson.

If Roach or Joseph bowls well , they will be included in the touring squad as well as Singh.

tc1 2017-04-12 11:10:30 

In reply to mikesiva

I think you are correct, a good performance by 2 or3 and they are called into the touring part of 13.

seaegg99 2017-04-12 11:29:53 

In reply to tc1

Mohammed have to fill one of the middle order positions. Him and Hope should be added. Hope Hetmeyer shows out and take the other opening spot. Just no way you can pick a team and Mohammed not be included.


granite 2017-04-12 11:37:16 

In reply to mikesiva
Good that they pick Damion Jacobs,and hopes he does well.

voiceofreason 2017-04-12 11:42:54 

In reply to tc1

Judgement knows everything. He is omnipresent and omnipotent...I wonder if he could tell us if Ambris in the Test Squad. smile

tc1 2017-04-12 11:47:37 

In reply to seaegg99

a good team, similar to mine

TheTrail 2017-04-12 11:52:40 

In reply to mikesiva

1. Kieran Powell
2. Kyle Hope
3. Shimron Hetmyer
4. Shamar Brooks
5. Vishaul Singh
6. Raymon Reifer
7. Jahmar Hamilton
8. Rakheem Cornwall
9. Damion Jacobs
10. Kemar Roach
11. Keon Joseph

I believe the selectors are looking for that opener to partner Kraig and it boils down to Powell and lodge boy Hope.

It is incumbent on Kyle to put his best foot forward and rack up a fifty or even a century here because Powell is the incumbent here, and he has three centuries at the highest level to prove it.

Whatever the outcome we now know that the selectors are looking for an opener and it is between Kieran Powell and Kyle Hope.

BTW, that is a strong team.

DIEHARD 2017-04-12 12:08:43 

In reply to anthonyp

Gotta be in the test squad... don't think they gonna leave one the best young batsman out..

There are four days between the tour match and the Test.

Not difficult for someone to play in both, especially since he has not been proven at any other level but dungheap..he should play this match, even if in the Test squad!!!

seaegg99 2017-04-12 12:55:52 

In reply to TheTrail

Going to try make it down for the Barbados test. First test since Lara beat the Aussies at the Oval.

openning 2017-04-12 13:55:39 

In reply to CricketLuva4

This is why I think Vishal is selected ahead of Ambris, Hamilton is also in the president X1.

Batsman Vishaul Singh's career-best 161, and offspinner Rahkeem Cornwall's 6 for 91 led West Indies A's 333-run rout of Sri Lanka A in the second four-day game at the Pallekele International Stadium. West Indies A levelled the three-match series with the win.

Vishaul Singh, Cornwall headline WI A's dominancel

grugru 2017-04-12 13:57:02 

not one player from Trini- guess they are all shite hounds
shock shock big grin

DIEHARD 2017-04-12 15:09:32 

In reply to openning

There's room for both, one to play as a specialist..our teams have been playing with 2 & 3 WK as specialist wouldnt be new

Star 2017-04-12 15:13:15 

In reply to voiceofreason
He is in the test squad.

DIEHARD 2017-04-12 15:23:03 

In reply to Star

Wah happen to us?

The days of players auditioning in trial matches done?

Whats the purpose of the tour games other than for the visitors to get practise??

We don't get anything out of it anymore??

I realise we been doing this for some time now.

I dont buy this logic, makes no sense to me.

If you have em in the must be likely that he'll play in case of injury to an least, so ..why not let him get used to playing with the big boys?

We continue to fail to prepare a players..even a smidgen..this was the easiest thing to do...I'm sure if you ask him, if he's ready for this..he would have relished the opportunity to play this game...AND the test...I dont get it

runout 2017-04-12 16:17:06 

We should learn by now to stop clamouring for players to be selected. Once selected they promptly disappoint us.

I am tired of the bs. Shari is the only hope I see.

NYCGURU 2017-04-12 23:06:37 

In reply to runout

They will never learn, even after the touted player gets to big stage and suffer from stage flight. Time for another flavor of the Month, or do the easiest thing to do, blame the selectors for not having the vision to accurately predict which one of the bit players will perform at the highest level.

thefacts 2017-04-13 05:01:11 

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Kieran Powell
Shimron Hetmyer
Kyle Hope
Shamarh Brooks (captain)
Vishaul Singh (vice captain)
Raymond Reifer
Rahkeem Cornwall
Jahmar Hamilton (wk)
Damion Jacobs
Keon Joseph
Kumar Roach


Pacy 2017-04-13 06:33:44 

In reply to thefacts

Jamaica and T&T are at their lowest to my memory in the batting department. I do not see anyone who is good enough to be selected to the WI or WI A team at the moment. Jason and Blackwood might be the last to represent WI from their countries for a while in the batting front.

Bowling slots are few and breaking into it would be a challenge

hawk 2017-04-13 13:14:45 

In reply to thefacts

every time a team a pick we always look to see the composition in terms of which island they are from...should we look to see which parishes our franchise is selected from too

granite 2017-04-13 15:33:15 

In reply to grugru
I don't disagree with that and to show just how many shite hounds we have around the Caribbean,just a few days ago dem same Trini shite hounds beat what is easily the best team in the Caribbean.You may say Guyana are Champions but Bim has the best players in the Caribbean.

TheTrail 2017-04-13 17:53:19 

In reply to granite

just a few days ago dem same Trini shite hounds beat what is easily the best team in the Caribbean.

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WI was the strongest team in the world back in 1996 when Kenya beat the hell out of it.

What is your point?

BTW, that started the beginning of the end for WI cricket...

thefacts 2017-04-13 22:39:03 

In reply to hawk

every time a team a pick we always look to see the composition in terms of which island they are from...should we look to see which parishes our franchise is selected from too

No. They are not representing the region as a whole, while a Boards Presidents XI does.

mikesiva 2017-04-15 10:52:14 

Anyone know what the score is in this match?
News coming in as I speak.

Brooks wins the toss and chooses to bat.

Kyle hope

mikesiva 2017-04-15 11:05:15 


mikesiva 2017-04-15 11:12:47 

Kyle hope lbw Amir for two. President 2-1

analyst-kid 2017-04-15 11:47:46 

PREZ 11 40/1 Hetmyer 22* Powell 16* Kyle Hope 2

analyst-kid 2017-04-15 11:55:42 

Hetmyer hits a six and then a four off Asghar and carries the score to 51/1

analyst-kid 2017-04-15 11:57:57 

Now Powell gets into the act with a four....61/1 Hetmyer 39, Powell 20

mikesiva 2017-04-15 12:32:36 

In reply to analyst-kid

Hetmyer brings up his half century off just 59 balls.