Several changes to national cricket squad

L-R: Delbert Griffith, Ricardo Sealy, Peter Anderson (selectors); Ramon Sealy (captain), Alessandro Morris (vice captain).

Cayman Cricket selector have made several changes to the national team ahead of the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 tournament in South Africa this September.

The squad was announced by Technical Director Peter Anderson on Tuesday, 18 July 2017, after months of scrutinizing the players following their success in Argentina earlier this year and their performances during the local league.

Among those gaining recalls are 2016 Cricketer of the Year Troy Taylor, Sacha De Alwis, and Omar Willis who were unavailable for the Argentina series in Florida. Also selected are opener Ricardo Roach and spinner Kevin Bazil. Poised to make his debut for the national team is all-rounder Gregory Smith.

The squad is captained by Ramon Sealy, who was successful on his maiden tour as skipper in February. He will be the team’s first choice wicketkeeper. Alessandro Morris has been named vice captain.

The full squad is: Ramon Sealy (captain), Alessandro Morris (vice-captain), Kevin Bazil, Ryan Bovell, Corey Cato, Darren Cato, Sacha De Alwis, Jalon Linton, Deno McInnis, Ricardo Roach, Gregory Smith, Troy Taylor, Omar Willis, and Conroy Wright.

Peter Anderson congratulates Kevin Bazil on his selection, as Ricardo Sealy looks on.

Kervin Ebanks misses out due to injury, while former national captain Chris Palmer, who was the vice-captain in Argentina, has not made the cut.

Another change sees Kevin Bazil replacing his twin brother, Kevon, the latter of which has been named as a reserve along with Palmer, Neil Coley and Ainsley Hall.

There is no room for specialist wicketkeeper Paul Chin, as selectors have opted to solidify Sealy behind the stumps.

The Cayman Islands is grouped with Italy, Guernsey and Qatar. Jersey, Vanuatu, Ghana and Germany are the other teams playing in the tournament in South Africa. Cayman opens against Qatar on Sunday, 3 September at the Sahara Main Oval. will have a closer look at the selections and reaction in subsequent stories.

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