THE top Under-17 cricketers, who were outstanding in the recent Shell sponsored Inter Zone competition, will be bidding for places on the national team to take part in the upcoming annual West Indies Cricket Board tournament which is expected to be staged in Trinidad and Tobago.
And they will get an opportunity to address the national selectors when a North versus South Under-17 clash over 50-Overs a team takes place on Saturday (May 27) from 2 pm at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva.
As expected the North squad is dominated by players from the East Zone and which also includes the talented Joshua James from Tobago and promising North Zone youngsters.
Manager Kazim Mohammed said he was not surprised by the makeup of the team and he expressed confidence that following the North/South clash, the national line-up for the regional tournament will reflect a similar combination.
“Although South Zone won the Shell Inter Zone Under-17 championship this year we are confident to turn the tables and position North and East players for picks on the national team. We see this as a chance to get some satisfaction in beating South,” said Mohammed, a top East Zone official.
Heading the North selection are two Leonardos— Julien and Francis, and two Sameers — Ali and Mohammed, Ronaldo Forester, along with allrounder Rivaldo Ramlogan. North East Zone is represented on the team by Darrien Dodds.
The South line-up will depend heavily on the players who took them to victory in the Shell Inter Zone Under-17 tournament and among those expected to stake strong claims for national selection are Tariq Mohammed, Jaydon Searles, Antonio Gomez, Brandon Singh, Kyle Roopchan and Matthew Patrick.
Manager of the South squad is Krishna Sookdeo while assistant national coach David Williams, a former West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper has been named coach.