ST JOHN’S, Antigua — The Selection Panel of the West Indies Cricket Board announced on Monday 15-member West Indies A-Team squads for a one-month tour of India from September 13.
Kirk Edwards will lead the side in the three “Tests” against India-A and Kieran Powell will captain the side in the three One-day and one Twenty20 that precedes the “Tests”.
Edwards will be leading the side again, following a home series against Sri Lanka-A in June this year, when West Indies-A drew a two “Test” series before clinching a three-match One-day series 2-1 and a two-match T20 series 1-0.
“It’s a great honour to captain the West Indies at any level and I’m looking forward to the trip to India,” he said.
“In addition to the honour there is great responsibility and, 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.
“We played well against Sri Lanka-A earlier this year and we expect to do very well against India-A as well.”
Powell is looking to regain form and confidence, as he seeks to recapture his place in the senior West Indies side.
This follows injuries that sidelined him from the senior side for the ICC Champions Trophy, Celkon Mobile Cup Series and home series against Pakistan before he made his return to the playing field during the just-ended Caribbean Premier League.
“This upcoming tour of India will be a challenging one, but as players we know it is a great opportunity to represent the West Indies and look to do well on the international stage,” said the left-handed opener.
“I played in India before and it’s a great place for cricket with the crowds, the atmosphere and the level of competition. 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.”
West Indies-A – led by Veerasammy Permaul – prevailed over India-A in a home series in June last year, when they won a three “Test” series 2-1 and followed up with 1-1 drawn series in the One-day and T20 formats.
Kirk Edwards (captain)
Kieran Powell (vice-captain)
One-day and Twenty20 squad
Kieran Powell (captain)
Veerasammy Permaul (vice-captain)
Mon 16 1st One-day match – Shimoga
Wed 18 2nd One-day match – Shimoga
Fri 20 3rd One-day match – Shimoga
Sun 22 Twenty20 match – Shimoga
Thu 26-Sun 29 1st “Test” – Mysore
Thu 3-Sun 6 2nd “Test” – Hubli
Wed 9-Sat 12 3rd “Test” – Bengaluru