Exciting Trinidad and Tobago teenager Jayden Seales is set for a big chance to impress the West Indies selectors after being picked for a “Best v Best” four-day match beginning on 8th March.
The 19-year-old fast bowler has played less than ten senior matches at regional level but is considered to be a potential future international star.
Seales performed well with the ball for West Indies at the 2020 U19 World Cup before featuring for the victorious Trinbago Knight Riders in the most recent edition of the Caribbean Premier League.
He was then rewarded with a spot as a reserve on the Test leg of the senior West Indies tour of New Zealand, during which he made his First-Class debut for Windies A against NZ A, taking the wicket of dangerous opening batsman Glenn Phillips in the first innings.
More recently, Seales played three matches for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the Super50 Cup and took 3/40 in a win over Guyana in the final.
Now, the teenager is set for a big chance to impress the West Indies selectors after being asked to stay on in Antigua for a “Best v Best” four-day match ahead of a Test series against Sri Lanka.
“It gives the players who performed well in the last West Indies Championship an opportunity to showcase their skills, playing against each other, which we expect to be very competitive and put forward a case for themselves,” said CWI Lead Selector Roger Harper when explaining the thinking behind the fixture [Windiescricket.com].
“It is a chance to raise their stock and show what they can do.”
Seales has been named in ‘Squad A’ and will play under the captaincy of Kraigg Brathwaite, the experienced opening batsman from Barbados who led an understrength West Indies side to a famous series win in Bangladesh last month.
Test players Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood and John Campbell have all been named in ‘Squad B’, so the teenager will have the opportunity to take some big wickets.
Seales won’t be the only promising fast bowler looking to impress, though, with Guyana’s Nial Smith and Chemar Holder of Barbados, who made his Test debut late last year, both also involved in the match.