Baugh named in J'can squad for Super50
THE Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) announced a 13-man Jamaica squad, including wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh, set to start the defence of their Regional Super50 title against Barbados at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on February 7.
The diminutive gloveman was left out of Jamaica's set-up now competing in the Caribbean Twenty20 (CT20) tournament due to the JCA's eligibility guidelines, but chairman of selectors Courtney Daley said Baugh's path was "cleared" for the 50-overs competition.
"The (JCA) board cleared him based on checks revealing injury prevented him from playing in the two-day tournament for Melbourne CC. He's eligible now so he was picked for the Super50 and four-day tournaments," Daley told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.
Baugh, 30, was last month ruled out of CT20 selection after failing to turn out for his team Melbourne CC in the local 20-overs club competition.
Meanwhile, the squad consists of several representatives playing in the CT20 in St Lucia, namely captain Tamar Lambert, his deputy David Bernard, batsmen Nkrumah Bonner, Danza Hyatt and Andre McCarthy, spinners Nikita Miller and Odean Brown and left-arm seamers Krishmar Santokie and Sheldon Cotterell.
Sagicor High Performance Centre (HPC) batsman Jermaine Blackwood, left-handed opener Simon Jackson and seasoned pacer Andrew Richardson are also chosen.
Jamaica, who won the previous 50-overs championship which was held in late 2011, will be without powerful left-hander Christopher Gayle and exciting all-rounder Andre Russell. Both are expected to be a part of the West Indies squad to tour Australia in February.
West Indies middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels, who is nursing an eye injury suffered in the Australian Big Bash League, is also not considered.