Two captains named
BARBADOS?has two new senior cricket captains.
In a bold move, the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA)?today named BNB St Catherine all-rounder Kenroy Williams as captain for the upcoming Regional Super50 One-Day tournament in Guyana from October 18 to 29.
Test batsman Kirk Edwards, who is unavailable for that tournament because of West?Indies’ duties on the tour of Bangladesh, has been appointed as skipper for the 2012 regional first-class championship.
In explaining the new appointments at a press conference at the President’s Suite at Kensington Oval, BCA’s acting chief executive officer Deighton Smith said a decision was taken to allow former captain Ryan Hinds to concentrate solely on his individual cricket with a view to regaining his place on the West Indies team.
“We’ve had a long discussion with Mr. Hinds on this matter and he has actually asked me to say to the press that he is very pleased to have the opportunity to work on his personal game and at this moment (Wednesday morning), I may share with you that he’s actually in the gym working out,” Smith said.
“And so, we thought we would relieve him of the great burden of captaining Barbados’ cricket…In an effort to make sure that he works his way back to play at the international level, we have taken the decision that we are going to turn to a new captain,” noted Smith.
Williams is a 27-year-old right-handed batsman and off spin bowler, who last represented Barbados in 2008 when he played six One-Day matches in Guyana.
Also a former national Under-19 captain, the slimly-built Williams, played eight first-class matches between 2003 and 2005 for the West Indies “B” and Barbados. He was also team captain of the defunct West Indies’ Shell Academy side back in 2005.
He is the first cricketer from the St Philip-based St?Catherine Division One team to captain Barbados.
Hinds led Barbados to a share of the 50-over-a-side one-day title with the Leeward Islands in Jamaica, last year.