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UNABLE TO break into the Barbados team since 2008, BNB St Catherine all-rounder Kenroy Williams will now make a surprise return as national cricket captain of the One-Day team.
And the 27-year-old Williams, who replaces the experienced Ryan Hinds, says he is up to the task as Barbados head to Guyana next month to defend their share of the title in the rebranded Regional Super50 One-Day Cup.
“Anything you do going forward in life will be a challenge. I’m looking to bring good leadership qualities, get good team unity with the guys to play together as a team,” Williams said at a Press conference in the President’s Suite at Kensington Oval.
While Williams will be at the helm for the October 18 to 29 limited-overs tournament in Guyana, Test batsman Kirk Edwards will take over as full-time captain of the Barbados team for the 2012 first-class season.
No captain has been named for next year’s Caribbean Twenty20.
It was also announced that fast bowling all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite will be available to play in th Super50 following the conclusion of the One-Day leg of the Bangladesh tour. 
Williams is a 27-year-old right-handed batsman and off spin bowler who last represented Barbados in 2008 when he played six One-Day matches in Guyana.
He said that while the appointment came as a surprise, he had been groomed for the job.
“I was quite surprised but it is a big honour to lead the Barbados team,” he said.
“What I can say, I was well prepared to be a captain from playing Under-15, leading the Under-19 side, going to the Shell Academy and captaining in the First Division.
“Whenever there is a Barbados ‘A’ team, I’m always selected as captain, so I think the BCA has really developed my leadership qualities and I am really looking forward to the challenge.”
Williams also believes he will get the support from the senior players after forging a close relationship with most of them.
“We have a lot of experienced guys in the team, who played cricket, all over and not only Guyana, and I have no doubt that they will give me 100 per cent . . . I am just looking to continue on the good work of Ryan,” he added.
Williams is the first cricketer from the St Philip-based St?Catherine Division One team to captain Barbados. He made his first-class debut in 2003 for the West Indies “B”?side.
Edwards is unavailable for the Super50 because it clashes with the Test segment of  the West Indies’ tour of Bangladesh.
Acting chief executive officer of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA), Deighton Smith, said Williams has “displayed the kind of attributes that we think are required in the leadership of Barbados cricket’.
“I think that these two young gentlemen [Edwards and Williams] that we have turned to and given such a great responsibility to lead their country are excellent examples of the kind of work ethics that we want to see in our young cricketers and show the kind of determination that it takes to get to the top,” Smith said.
The BCA’s director of coaching Henderson Springer will serve in a new capacity as team director with responsibility for managing and providing strategic planning for the team.
Emmerson Trotman will be the batting coach and Vasbert Drakes will serve as bowling coach, while the team will have a video analyst in Rodney Ashby. No physiotherapist has been named.
The 14-man squad will be selected today, while the final trial match will also be contested today at the Pine Basin ground from 10 a.m.
Chairman of the selection panel George Linton acknowledged that Williams was “always looked at as a future leader from the youth days”.
“I think that he has put in the work and the performances over the years. . . I would like to wish him well and hope that the senior players rally around him,” Linton said.
 

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