Former West Indies cricket stand-out Shivnarine Chanderpaul will work with the West Indies Under-19 squad as a batting consultant, as the ‘Rising Stars’ continue preparation for the 2022 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, which will be hosted in the Caribbean from 4 January.
Chanderpaul, who is the most capped player in West Indies Test history, will join the 28 selected players at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua for the ‘high performance camp’, which runs from 15 to 28 November.
A defiant middle-order batsman, Chanderpaul played 164 matches for the West Indies and tallied 11,867 runs at an average of 51.37. He will try to pass that knowledge on the next generation of cricketers as part of a technical staff led by head coach Floyd Reifer.
“We want to welcome Shivnarine Chanderpaul to the Rising Stars U19s group and we look forward to him working with our young players at this critical stage in their development pathway,” said Jimmy Adams, the CWI director of cricket and another former West Indies standout. “Shiv has a tremendous amount of cricketing knowledge and know-how and he will be a great addition to the coaching staff.
“We already have another icon of the game in Sir Curtly Ambrose, who has been involved with the squad since the camp in August, as well as several other outstanding coaches.”
The Rising Stars have two new players as well. The Cricket West Indies (CWI) selection panel extended invitations to Jaden Leacock, a right-arm fast-medium bowler and right-hand batter, and Kevin Wickham, a right-hand batter and right-arm wrist spinner.
“Having had a month-long camp in Antigua in August followed by the 18-man West Indies Under-19 squad tour of England,” said Robert Haynes, the CWI lead selector for the U-19s, “I am looking forward to see the continued progress and improvements of the various players, as well as to interact with them to understand their thinking and approach to the game.
“The two-week camp will include four practice matches along with continued skills and physical development, and it’s an opportunity for all players invited to stake a claim for selection for the series at home and the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.”
The West Indies Rising Stars are expected to play a five match home series before the World Cup, although details are not yet confirmed.
(West Indies Under-19 training squad)
Onaje Amory (right-hand bat/right-arm off-spin), Anderson Amurdan (right-hand opening bat), Ackeem Auguste (left-hand bat/right-arm leg-spin), Justin Beckford (right-hand bat/right-arm off-spin), Teddy Bishop (right-hand opening bat), Carlon Bowen-Tuckett (right-hand bat/wicket-keeper), Jaden Carmichael (right-hand bat/left-arm spin), McKenny Clarke (right-hand bat/right-arm fast), Rivaldo Clarke (right-hand bat/wicket-keeper), Amrit Dass (right-hand bat/left-arm chinaman), Giovonte Depeiza (right-hand bat/left-arm spin), Nathan Edward (left-hand bat/left-arm fast-medium), Andel Gordon (right-hand bat/left-arm medium-pace), Sion Hackett (right-hand bat/right-arm medium-fast), Justin Jagessar (right-hand bat), Jordan Johnson (left-hand bat/right-arm leg-spin), Kyle Kissoondath (right-hand bat/right-arm leg-spin), Johann Layne (right-hand bat/right-arm fast-medium), Jaden Leacock (right-hand bat/right-arm fast-medium), Nicholas Lewin (right-hand bat/right-arm off-spin), Anderson Mahase (left-hand bat/left-arm spin), Matthew Nandu (right-hand bat/right-arm off-spin), Shaqkere Parris (right-hand bat/wicket-keeper), Kelvin Pittman (right-hand bat/right-arm fast-medium), Shiva Sankar (right-hand bat/right-arm medium-fast), Vasant Singh (right-hand bat/right-arm leg-spin), Isai Thorne (right-hand bat/right-arm fast), Kevin Wickham (right-hand bat/right-arm wrist spin).
Floyd Reifer (head coach), Rohan Nurse (assistant coach), Sir Curtly Ambrose (assistant coach – bowling), Shiv Chanderpaul (batting consultant), Steve Liburd (assistant coach – fielding), Ryan Austin (assistant coach – spin bowling), Jamal Smith (assistant coach – wicket-keeping), Junie Mitcham (team manager), Gregory Seales (strength and conditioning coach), Lyndon Knights (physiotherapist), Avenesh Seetaram (team analyst), and Jelani Robertson (mental skills coach).