Roger Harper

MEETING THE MEDIA: Newly appointed West Indies lead selector Roger Harper, second right, addresses the media on Tuesday at the President’s Box, Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain. Second from left is fellow selector Miles Bascombe. Also listening are CWI vice-president Dr Kishore Shallow, right, and Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams. —Photo:ISHMAEL SALANDY

New West Indies lead selector Roger Harper says next month’s one-off Test match against Afghanistan will be one of the “most important” the West Indies will play going forward.

Jason Holder’s team will play the Afghans in India in three One-Day Internationals, three T20s and the solitary Test between November 6 and December 1. It will be the first tour in Phil Simmons’ second reign as coach and the first for squads selected by Cricket West Indies’ new three-man selection set-up headed by Harper, a former WI coach (200-2003) and selector.

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Opener Evin Lewis struck a trademark aggressive half-century while seamer Kesrick Williams marked his first appearance for West Indies in 16 months with a three-wicket haul, as the Caribbean side swept aside Afghanistan by 30 runs in their opening Twenty20 International in India yesterday.

West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard said that playing smart cricket on a slow pitch was key to their success in the opening game of the three-match T20 International series against Afghanistan in Lucknow yesterday.

Old rivals San Juan North Secondary and St Augustine Secondary will meet each other next Thursday to decide this year’s Coca Cola InterCol East Zone winners. Yesterday, at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar, both schools enjoyed relatively smooth passages to the final.

The annual Yearling Sale is Sunday, but the breeding signs are not good for the local horse racing industry. At Sunday’s sale, only seven stud farms will be represented.

KAMRAN McIntosh-Ross has come down from the United States to compete in the national Under-16 tennis trials from today at National Racquet Centre, Orange Grove Main Road, Tacarigua.

The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force suffered their first defeat in the Cricket West Indies Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup on Wednesday night, however it wasn’t a total loss, with captain Imran Khan and coach Mervyn Dillon insisting that the hosts will learn from the setback and come back stronger against the USA at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba today.