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Wallace tells why Roach, Edwards not in squad

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Mon, October 22, 2012 - 12:05 AM

BARBADOS’ newly appointed chairman of selectors Hendy Wallace has explained the thinking behind the omission of West Indies Test players Kirk Edwards and Kemar Roach from a 23-man provisional squad named last week for the 2013 Caribbean Twenty20 tournament in January.

Edwards, a top order batsman who captained the island in the regional T20 and four-day championships this year, and fast bowler Roach are in the West Indies 15-man squad for next month’s tour to Bangladesh which includes two Tests, five One-Day Internationals and one T20 International.

“Kirk was the Barbados T20 captain last season and there is no reason why he or other players could not be part of the training squad eventually, bearing in mind that the Sagicor General T20 begins this weekend,” Wallace told reporters at a Press conference at Kensington Oval last Wednesday.

“But he is not part of our initial plans at the moment. This provisional squad is being used to identify specific roles in T20 cricket. We are looking at the season overall and how to manage our resources in the three formats [T20, Super 50 and four-day].

“We have three current West Indies fast bowlers in Kemar Roach, Fidel Edwards and Tino Best and we are looking to share the duties over the three formats. In the case of Kemar, he, like Kirk, could be considered for selection for the T20.

“Also bear in mind that some decisions will be based in consultation with West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson,” Wallace added.

Roach and Best, who are in the West Indies touring party to Bangladesh, both represented their local clubs CGI Maple and ESAF Pickwick in the second round of the Sagicor T20 yesterday. However, Edwards did not play for CounterPoint Wanderers in their two matches.

Barbados lost to champions Trinidad and Tobago in the semi-finals of the 2011 Caribbean T20 tournament at Kensington Oval. (CMC/EZS)

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