The uncapped combination of Keacy Carty and Nyeem Young has been picked among 16 players for a white-ball skills camp in Antigua from March 31 to April 13. The white-ball skills camp will also include Shai Hope, Brandon King, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Nkrumah Bonner, and Shamarh Brooks, among others.
Carty was named Player of the Match for his unbroken 52 in the U-19 World Cup 2016 final, which West Indies won by five wickets. The 25-year-old Leeward Islands domestic cricketer has appeared in 33 first-class matches and 33 List A games. He averages 25.05 with a strike rate of 69.77 in white-ball domestic cricket.
Young, 21, was a member of the West Indies U-19 World Cup 2020 team, where he scored 140 runs in five innings at an average of 28.00 and took eight wickets. The allrounder has also appeared in the Caribbean Premier League with the Barbados Royals.
“Keacy Carty was a reserve for the team which toured India in February,” Phil Simmons, the head coach of West Indies, said in a CWI media release. “If there was any reason why players couldn’t go he was the next batsman in line. He is one of the players we have looked at before.”
“Nyeem Young is one of the potentially good young allrounders we have around the Caribbean, so we just want to bring them in and get them to understand what we expect of them if they get to that level. We will be doing things in the camp that we have not been doing well, such as rotating strike, sweeping, and playing spin better,” Phil Simmons said.
Simmons explained the significance of the white-ball skills camp, which will be hosted at the Coolidge Cricket Ground, saying that it will allow the players to become acclimated to the white-ball setup while focusing on their skills.
“The camp will be a chance for us to do some work with players in the white-ball formats, players who might have a chance to play in the coming white-ball teams later this year,” he said. “The most important thing is that we will be doing things in the camp that we have not been doing well, such as rotating strike, sweeping, and playing spin better. It’s about working on things that we’re not 100% at yet. We have several players at the IPL who will be working at their games as well, so we’re working with the players here to make sure they keep up the standard and improve.”
In late May, the West Indies team will tour the Netherlands for the first-ever bilateral ODI series between the two countries. Following that, they will go to Pakistan for a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series that was postponed in December 2021 due to a number of Covid-19 instances in the West Indies camp. The World Cup Super League will include both series.
Later this year, the West Indies will also welcome Bangladesh, India, and New Zealand, with all three tours featuring white-ball matches. These tours’ dates have yet to be revealed.
Players called up for the camp: Nkrumah Bonner, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Keacy Carty, Roston Chase, Justin Greaves, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope, Brandon King, Kjorn Ottley, Keemo Paul, Anderson Phillip, Raymon Reifer, Nial Smith, Devon Thomas, Nyeem Young