T&T Red Force will have to do without left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein, along with fast bowlers Jayden Seales and Anderson Phillip in Round four of the West Indies Championship against leader Barbados Pride at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tabouba, San Fernando, which bowls off Wednesday from 10 am.
The trio were selected to the West Indies senior men’s team for the tours of The Netherlands and Pakistan, and were replaced by Jyd Goolie, Sharron Lewis and Terrance Hinds.
Red Force will try to rebound from its 187-run loss against Leeward Islands Hurricanes in their third-round encounter in the penultimate round of the competition.
Pride will be missing key strokemakers Shamarh Brooks and Shai Hope, the latter of whom hit a first innings century against Harpy Eagles last week.
They have been replaced by West Indies fast bowler Miguel Cummins and batsman Jonathan Drakes.
Unchanged Harpy Eagles
eyeing move up standings
Guyana Harpy Eagles have been unaffected by withdrawal of players for West Indies duty, further boosting their confidence as they look to build on their third round win over Pride in the last round.
The multiple-time former champions will clash with Jamaica Scorpions at the newly minted Diego Martin Complex, hoping to continue the form which saw them trounce the previous unbeaten Pride by five wickets in a thrilling finish at Queen’s Park Oval in St Clair on Sunday.
Harpy Eagles are the only side unchanged from the third round as all the other franchises will see players leaving for West Indies’ One-Day International tour of the Netherlands and Pakistan.
Leg-spinner Hayden Walsh and batsman Keacy Carty will also be missing for Leeward Islands Hurricanes when they clash with Windward Islands Volcanoes at Queen’s Park Oval.
Jahmar Hamilton and Kofi James have joined Hurricanes as replacements while for Volcanoes, Ryan John has come in for Shermon Lewis.
Scorpions have not been spared either with Brandon King and Nkrumah Bonner going off to join West Indies, to be replaced by Alwyn Williams and Brad Barnes.
Pride hold a narrow lead in the standings on 47.2 points with Hurricanes just behind on 46.4 and Red Force in third on 43 points.
While Harpy Eagles are fourth, they are within six points of the lead on 41.4 points, with Scorpions fifth on 29.6 and Volcanoes last on 15.6, without a win in their three matches.