Bangalore: Kieran Powell will lead the West Indies A one-day team when they tour India in September, it was confirmed on Tuesday (August 27). Powell will take over the captaincy from Kirk Edwards for the tour, although Edwards will continue to lead the team in the first-class matches on tour.
Powell, the opening batsman with 15 Tests and 19 One-Day Internationals to his name, is making his way back from injury after missing the Champions Trophy and the home series against Pakistan. However, he played in the recently-concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Powell expected a tough tour but said he and his team were confident. "I played in India before and it's a great place for cricket with the crowds, the atmosphere and the level of competition," he said. "We anticipate a good, competitive series. I'm eager and confident as we prepare for the tour and I know all the other players are as well."
In June, West Indies A played Sri Lanka A at home, drawing the unofficial Tests and winning both limited-overs formats. Edwards had led the team in the four-day and 50-over matches in that series. "As one of the most experienced members of the squad, I know I will have a very important leadership role to perform on and off the field," said Edwards. "We played well against Sri Lanka A earlier this year and we expect to do very well against India A as well."
First-class squad: Kirk Edwards (capt), Kieran Powell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Sheldon Cottrell, Miguel Cummins, Narsingh Deonarine, Assad Fudadin, Jahmar Hamilton, Delorn Johnson, Leon Johnson, Nikita Miller, Veerasammy Permaul, Shane Shillingford, Chadwick Walton.
Limited-overs squad: Kieran Powell (capt), Veerasammy Permaul, Ronsford Beaton, Nkrumah Bonner, Jonathan Carter, Sheldon Cottrell, Miguel Cummins, Narsingh Deonarine, Kirk Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Leon Johnson, Nikita Miller, Ashley Nurse, Andre Russell, Devon Thomas.