Teddy Bishop for the West Indies U19

Jamaica’s Left hand batsman, Kirk McKenzie, has been included in the initial intake of 15 selectees for Cricket West Indies, CWI, Emerging Players Academy.

The group will start work at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua for high-performance training and development sessions, today.

Several recent members of the West Indies Rising Stars Under-19 programme are included.

Two notable selectees are Teddy Bishop and Kevin Wickham, who both made centuries for the West Indies Rising Stars Under-19s during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup played in the West Indies earlier this year.

Others who have graduated from the West Indies Rising Stars Under-19s team to the regional franchise teams include Keagan Simmons, McKenzie and former captain, Ackeem Auguste, left-arm spinners Ashmead Nedd and Joshua Bishop; and left-arm fast bowler Ramon Simmonds.

Also selected to the Academy squad is all-rounder Nyeem Young, who was in the West Indies Men’s white-ball training camp in April.

The plan for a CWI Emerging Players Academy was first announced in March.

It will function as a nexus between regional junior and senior teams while supporting the development of talented players between the ages of 19 and 25.

The Academy will have five primary objectives:

Building capacity of players, support staff and high-performance resources.

Management of Talent.

Personal Development – develop person first and then the player.

Demonstrate Best Practice, including recruitment, selection and preparation.

Accelerating Player Development and increasing readiness of players for international cricket.

The Selection Panel met and recommended the 15 players based on a formula which included consultations with each of the six Territorial Boards.

Six reserves have also been selected as cover for players who may be selected for their franchises for regional competitions.

Full squad:

Kevlon Anderson (Guyana)

Keagan Simmons (Trinidad & Tobago)

Kirk McKenzie (Jamaica)

Kevin Wickham (Barbados)

Teddy Bishop (Windward Islands/Grenada)

Ackeem Auguste (Windward Islands/Saint Lucia)

Ramon Simmonds (Barbados)

McKenny Clarke (Windward Islands/Saint Lucia)

Johann Layne (Barbados)

Kelvin Pitman (Leeward Islands/Antigua & Barbuda)

Ashmead Nedd (Guyana)

Joshua Bishop (Barbados)

Nyeem Young (Barbados)

Joshua James (Trinidad & Tobago)

Leonardo Julien (Trinidad & Tobago)


Anderson Amurdan (Leeward Islands/Nevis)

Kimani Melius (Windward Islands/Saint Lucia)

Kirstan Kallicharan (Trinidad & Tobago)

Brad Barnes (Jamaica)

Shaaron Lewis (Trinidad & Tobago)

Camarie Boyce (Barbados)