Twenty-one year old Jeremiah Louis of Taylors Village has earned his first call to the Windies “A” who will face the England Lions in a three-match “Test” Series starting this weekend in a team that will be led by Nevisian opening batsman Keiran Powell.
Louis who is a fast-bowling all-rounder recently completed the Regional Professional Cricket League 4Day competition where he finished with 40 wickets in ten rounds of matches at an average of 23.45 only with best bowling figures of 6-69.
In announcing the team Cricket West Indies (CWI) stated that the four-day matches will run from February 11 to March 1 and will feature a “Test” using the pink ball. “This will be the final match under lights at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua. Play will start at 2pm,” a CWI statement read.
The other games of the tour will be played in Jamaica at the Trelawney Multiplex and Sabina Park.
The communique also indicated that the team will be led by left-handed opener Kieran Powell, with Shamarh Brooks as the vice-captain .
The same teams will then face off in three 50-over matches at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
Commenting on the squad, chairman of selector Courtney Browne said that with a powerful England Lions team touring the Caribbean, the selection panel thought that it was a good opportunity to strengthen the A team with some of Test players who will not have the opportunity to play any first-class cricket ahead of the Sri Lanka series.
He said, “This series also provides some of the incumbent Test players the opportunity to restate a claim for a position in the Test match squad for the will be two important home series vs. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in June and July.”
Browne also stated that the team also includes several players who have been part of the ‘A’ Team programme. “We believe their focus should be on performances that will elevate them to the senior team.”
Commenting on Louis, Browne described him as a talented swing bowler and indicated that he was not originally selected but due to injury to Shermon Lewis, an exciting young fast bowler Louis had to be drafted.
“Jeremiah Louis, a talented swing bowler, who did really well during the PCL four-day season. He is also a capable batsman and will fit well into this set-up.
He continued, “The panel wishes the team and its management every success on their journey.”
The full Windies ‘A’ Squad is as follows: Kieran Powell (captain);Shamarh Brooks (vice captain); Jermaine Blackwood; John Campbell; Rahkeem Cornwall; Miguel Cummins; Shane Dowrich; Jahmar Hamilton; Keon Joseph; Jeremiah Louis; Raymon Reifer; Vishaul Singh; Jomel Warrican
A Kittitian is yet to represent the WIndies senior team while seven Nevisians have represented the regional side. Louis has represented the Leeward Islands Hurricanes for the past three years playing 30 time for the franchise collecting 72 wickets.
He is currently in the Leeward Island Hurricanes side for the Regional Super 50 competition in Antigua.