New boys out to please fans


The four newcomers in the West Indies team are all eager and excited to “represent” the people of the region against Pakistan.
The four – Danza Hyatt, Krishmar Santokie, Ashley Nurse and Christopher Barnwell – were last week named in the 13-man squad to face Pakistan in the Digicel T20 International in St Lucia on April 21.
Santokie, the 26-year-old left-arm seamer from Jamaica, has been the most outstanding bowler in the two seasons of the Caribbean T20.
“My aim is to make the most of the opportunity.
I have done well for Jamaica in the Caribbean T20 and I’m looking to take that form into the series against Pakistan.”
Nurse, a well-built off-spinner, has been Barbados’ best bowler in the Caribbean T20. He was excellent with the ball for West Indies ‘A’ against Pakistan ‘A’ last year. He said playing for the West Indies is a lifelong dream.
“It’s a really good feeling. . . .  an honour to be picked in the West Indies team.
I feel really good and if I get an opportunity to play I will be looking to have a positive impact on the game. It’s a big opportunity for me and I want to make the most of it,” Nurse said.
Barnwell is a versatile all-rounder who has opened the batting for Guyana and also bowled the new ball. He was a key member of the team which won the inaugural Caribbean T20 and represented the region at the Airtel Champions League.
His method is simple and uncomplicated.
“I feel great. I’ve always wanted to represent the West Indies and play for the people of the West Indies. This is my big chance. I like the fact that being an all-rounder I can have an influence on the game in several ways,” Barnwell said.
Hyatt, 28, is a strongly built right-handed opener. He has been a member of the Jamaica team for seven seasons and was the leading batsman for West Indies ‘A’ against Pakistan ‘A’ in the T20 Series last year.
“I did well for Jamaica and that gave me the confidence to do well when I played for West Indies ‘A’. When I played for the ‘A’ Team it definitely felt like a step up from playing for Jamaica, so I know I will have to make the adjustment when I play at the senior level,” Hyatt said.
“I will carry the same mindset… I will look to be positive and play my natural game and do the things that have helped me to reach this level,” Hyatt said. (BA/PR)
The squad:
Darren Sammy (Captain), Christopher Barnwell, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Andre Fletcher, Danza Hyatt, Ashley Nurse, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons.


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