Fabian Allen


All-rounder Fabian Allen has been named in a 15-man Jamaica Scorpions squad for next month’s Regional Super50 Cup, after declining selection for the West Indies tour of Bangladesh.

The 25-year-old, a left-arm spinner who is also a powerful lower order batsman, opted out of the ongoing tour for “personal reasons”.

He was not one of the 10 players, which include Test skipper Jason Holder and white ball captain, Kieron Pollard, listed as skipping the three-match One-Day International series due to “Covid related concerns or personal fears”.

Allen, who has played 14 ODIs and 16 T20Is since his West Indies debut three years, bolsters a Scorpions unit which will be led by all-rounder Rovman Powell features the likes of West Indies players Oshane Thomas, Andre McCarthy, Brandon King, Odean Smith and Sheldon Cottrell.

Powell and McCarthy is currently with the West indies side in Bangladesh but are expected to return to the Caribbean following the three ODIs which run from January 20-25.

Cottrell, however, was one of the players who declined the offer to travel to Bangladesh due to Covid fears. The 31-year-old has emerged as the spearhead of the Windies ODI attack in recent times and has so far taken 49 wickets from 35 matches.

Overall, there are very few surprises in the squad. Batsman Romaine Morrison, who represented Combined Campuses and Colleges last season, has been included along with 22-year-old former West Indies Under-19 left-arm spinner, Jeavor Royal, who is yet to represent Jamaica at senior level.

The Super50 Cup is set to run from February 7-27 in Antigua.

SQUAD: Rovman Powell (captain), Derval Green (vice-captain), Aldaine Thomas, Oshane Thomas, Brandon King, Paul Palmer, Fabian Allen, Jamie Merchant, Jeavor Royal, Odean Smith, Sheldon Cottrell, Dennis Bulli, Javelle Glenn, Romaine Morris, Andre McCarthy.


The West Indies have suffered another major blow on their tour to Bangladesh after leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr tested positive for Covid-19.

This is the third tour the West Indies are on during the Covid-19 pandemic and it is the first instance of a player testing positive for the virus while on tour.

Cricket West Indies yesterday announced the appointment of former West Indies captain Floyd Reifer as the Under-19 head coach, tasked with the responsibility of preparing the youth side for the ICC Under-19 World Cup, scheduled next year for the Caribbean.

Jason Mohammed expects a trial by spin for his West Indies One-Day team in Bangladesh. But he is banking on being able to counter-attack with a weapon of his own — Akeal Hosein.

PRESIDENT of the Central Sports Cricket Club Richard Ramkissoon is quietly optimistic that the lifting of current Covid-19 restrictions will take place soon and allow for the start of local cricket.

The game was halted last March when the pandemic started taking its toll locally and regionally, which forced the curtailment of the 2020 cricket season.

ATHELSTAN PHILLIPS and Sonny Williams will continue their quest for a double crown when the 2020 Shell Tranquillity Open Tennis Tournament continues today at the club’s courts, Victoria Avenue, Port of Spain.

The two will be on opposite sides of the net in the veterans’ doubles title match at 3 p.m. after the semi-finals were contested way back in March.

Trinidad and Tobago athletes Clement Campbell Jr and Franklyn Stanislaus finished one-two in the men’s long jump at the Kansas State Wildcat Invitational indoor meet in Kansas, USA, last Saturday.

Campbell was the class of the field, winning with a 7.01 metres leap. His University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff teammate, Stanislaus jumped 6.60m to finish second.