ST JOHN’S, Antigua – There were no surprises in the recent West Indies Professional Cricket League draft, with franchises opting for local players to complete their 15-man squads for the new season.
With franchises requiring only two players to complete their squads, only two draft rounds were held via video call, and most of the picks were emerging players with little first-class experience.
The five-time champion Guyana Jaguars were the only ones to opt for the experience, with wicket keeper Anthony Bramble and speedy Keon Joseph selected.
Bramble, 30, has played 66 first-class games, averaging 30 with three hundred and has also played 56 A-list games.
Joseph, 29, who was once on the cusp of the West Indies senior squad, has played 46 first-class games and won 110 wickets.
Both players have been matches for Guyana in recent years.
Defending champion Barbados Pride, meanwhile, picked up left-arm spinner Joshua Bishop, 20, who appeared for them in the Super50 Cup earlier this year.
Bishop, who has taken 32 wickets in 22 A-list games, is yet to make his first class debut.
Fast bowler Akeem Jordan, who like Bishop ran for Pride in this year’s Super50 Cup, is the Bridgetown franchise’s other choice, the 26-year-old has yet to play first-class cricket despite 45 counters in 26 exits from list A.
The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force have opted for the former Antilles Under-19 couple of Jyd Goolie and Kirstan Kallicharan, with left-hander Goolie having already scored a hundred first class in four appearances and right-hander Kallicharan limited. to 13 list A games.
Fast bowler Nicholson Gordon, 29, with just eight first-class games and five A-list outings since making his regional debut 12 years ago, joins rookie Alwyn Williams to be chosen by their native Jamaican Scorpions.
Windward Island Volcanoes signed the virtually unknown couple of Vincentian Darius Martin and Dominican Gillon Tyson, while the Leeward Islands Hurricanes opted for fast pitcher Nino Henry, 28, who made his first class debut. last season and the 23-year-old left arm spinner. Daniel Doram, who played the last of three first-class matches three years ago.
All 90 players across the six franchises will receive 12-month retention contracts starting July 1.
LEEWARD ISLANDS HURRICANS – Colin Archibald, Sheno Berridge, Keacy Carthy, Jahmar Hamilton, Amir Jangoo, Kofi James, Kian Pemberton, Ross Powell, Jeremiah Louis, Devon Thomas, Damion Williams, Tyron Williams, Terance Ward, Nino Henry, Daniel Doram.
WINDWARD ISLANDS VOLCANOES – Sunil Ambris, Alick Athanaze, Keron Cottoy, Kenneth Dember, Larry Edward, Kavem Hodge, Ryan John, Obed McCoy, Desron Maloney, Preston McSween, Kimani Melius, Denis Smith, Devon Smith, Darius Martin, Gilon Tyson.
JAMAICA SCORPIONS – John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Akim Fraser, Patrick Harty, Brandon King, Andre McCarthy, Jamie Merchant, Marquino Mindley, Paul Palmer, Rovman Powell, Jeavor Royal, Odean Smith, Oshane Thomas, Nicholson Gordon, Alwyn Williams.
GUYANA JAGUARS – Kelvon Anderson, Christopher Barnwell, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Leon Johnson, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Romario Shepherd, Vishaul Singh, Kevin Sinclair, Nial Smith, Anthony Bramble, Keon Joseph.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO RED FORCE – Bryan Charles, Terrance Hinds, Imran Khan, Anderson Phillip, Khary Pierre, Jason Mohammed, Uthman Muhammed, Isaiah Rajah, Denesh Ramdin, Jayden Seales, Keegan Simmons, Jeremy Solozano, Tion Webster, Jyd Goolie, Kirstan Kallicharan .
BARBADOS PRIDE: Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Jonathan Carter, Dominic Drakes, Shane Dowrich, Justin Greaves, Keon Harding, Chemar Holder, Kyle Hope, Shayne Moseley, Raymon Reifer Ashley Nurse, Jomel Warrican, Akeem Jordan, Joshua Bishop. (CMC)