The recent one-week high performance camp in Barbados for Under-23 cricketers from Canada, the United States and Bermuda was extremely productive, said Canadian coach Errol Barrow.
“The players responded very well to the training and fitness testing and some of them made favourable impressions with local coaches and onlookers,” Barrow told Share from Barbados. “I am very happy with the way things went as everyone pulled their weight.”
The International Cricket Council (ICC) Americas team won three of five matches during the camp. The victories were achieved against the Barbados Under-23 and Combined Campuses & Colleges in Twenty/20 games and Combermere School in a 50-over contest.
Barrow said Canadians Nitish Kumar and Nikhil Dhutta – who are in Zimbabwe with the senior national team preparing for the ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament in Namibia later this month – excelled in the matches.
“They stood out and Floyd Reifer has expressed an interest in them being part of the CCC program,” said Barrow.
A former West Indies captain, Reifer – who retired from regional cricket last year – is the CCC head coach.
Of the 13 camp participants, six will be offered rookie contracts to take part in this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) competition.
The six CPL teams – Antigua Hawksbills, Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St. Lucia Zouks and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel – will each include an Under-23 player from the Americas in their squads as part of the ICC’s talent development program.
Established by the West Indies Cricket Board last year, the tournament allows teams to contract 15 players with a maximum of four overseas signings. Of the regional players, at least six must be from the franchise country and four must be under the age of 23.
Barrow and ICC regional development officer Tom Evans, who accompanied the Under-23 players to the Barbados camp, will select the players for the CPL competition.
“We will go with the players to the training sessions with the franchises,” said Barrow, a former Canadian all-rounder.
Reifer and West Indies High Performance Centre head coach Graeme West will assist with the selection.