Chris Gayle to be replaced by Kenar Lewis for NAGICO Super50

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – Jamaica will be without captain and opening batsman Chris Gayle for the upcoming NAGICO Super50 Tournament. Gayle was injured during the West Indies tour of India late last year and has not recovered in time to participate in the upcoming 50-over event.

The Jamaica Cricket Association confirmed the change on Friday.

Experienced allrounder David Bernard will now lead the team. Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller is the new vice captain. Kenar Lewis, a strongly-built right-handed top-order batsman will replace Gayle in the 14-member squad. He made his nation debut in the 2011 WICB Regional Super50 tournament and also played in the WICB Caribbean T20 competition two years ago.

The NAGICO Super50 tournament will run from January 30 to February 15 and will be broadcast live on ESPN and on Caribbean Super Station radio. Matches at Queen’s Park Oval will be day/night fixtures while matches at Shaw Park, Tobago will be day games.

FULL SQUAD: David Bernard Jr (captain), Nikita Miller (vice captain), Andre Russell, Carlton Baugh Jr (wicket-keeper), Tamar Lambert, Andrew Richardson, Horace Miller, John-Ross Campbell, Jermaine Blackwood, Andre McCarthy, Sheldon Cottrell, Jerome Taylor, Nkrumah Bonner, Kenar Lewis

Reserves: Danza Hyatt, Donovan Nelson, Jamie Merchant

MATCH SCHEDULE

Zone A: Windward Islands, Jamaica, Guyana, Ireland

Zone B: Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Leeward Islands, Combined Campuses & Colleges

January

Thursday, 30th: Windwards vs Jamaica at Queen’s Park Oval

Friday, 31st: Guyana vs Ireland at Queen’s Park Oval

February

Saturday, 1st: Leewards vs CCC at Queen’s Park Oval

Sunday, 2nd: T&T vs Barbados at Queen’s Park Oval

Monday, 3rd: Jamaica vs Ireland at Queen’s Park Oval

Tuesday, 4: Guyana vs Windwards at Queen’s Park Oval

Wednesday, 5th: Leewards vs T&T at Shaw Park

Thursday, 6th: CCC vs Barbados at Shaw Park

Friday, 7th: Ireland vs Windwards at Queen’s Park Oval

Saturday, 8th: Guyana vs Jamaica at Queen’s Park Oval

Sunday, 9th: CCC vs T&T at Queen’s Park Oval

Monday, 10th: Barbados vs Leewards at Queen’s Park Oval

Wednesday, 12th: Semi-final 1 – Zone A winner vs Zone B second at Queen’s Park Oval

Thursday, 13th: Semi-final 2 – Zone B winner vs Zone A second at Queen’s Park Oval

Saturday 15th: FINAL – Winner of Semi-final 1 vs Winner of Semi-final 2 at Queen’s Park Oval

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