Head coach of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes Reginald Benjamin has identified the unavailability of young Antiguan fast bowler Alzarri Joseph as one factor working against his squad going into their NAGICO Super50 opener on Thursday.
Joseph has been included in a 15-man West Indies Team for the International Cricket Council’s Under-19 World Cup next month in Bangladesh.
“Unfortunately, we’ve lost Alzarri to the West Indies Cricket Board Under-19 World Cup squad and he is a great asset to our team. He did not play against Barbados (in the four-day competition) and I thought that would have been his coming out,” Benjamin said.
“I know that he will play for the West Indies and he’s progressing greatly. He came down here (St Kitts) for four days of training and re-tooling and I know we are going to hear great things from him in the World Cup.”
Joseph had a sparkling four-day campaign with the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, and claimed 17 wickets in five matches with best figures of seven for 46.
The Hurricanes open their Super50 campaign against the CCC at Warner Park, St Kitts in a day/night affair starting at 1:30 pm.
Although negatively impacted by unforeseen interruptions, Benjamin said preparations have been “pretty good”.
“We had some weather interruptions but that’s an act of God, so but we are doing good. We trained two times (Tuesday) morning and evening, and we had a double session (Wednesday), so it’s going pretty good.
“In this format of the game, from just my analysis of the players, they are more comfortable with the shorter version than with the longer version,” the coach added.
The team will be led by Jahmar Hamilton with Orlando Peters as vice captain.
The other members are Shane Jeffers, Chesney Hughes, Sherwin Peters, Nkrumah Bonner, Daron Cruickshank, Rahkeem Cornwall, Montcin Hodge, Jacques Taylor, Gavin Tonge, Jeremiah Louis, Odean Browne and Quinton Boatswain.