Sunil Ambris, right, chats with CCC’s Akeem Dewar at Arnos Vale in June 2014. (Photo: Glenford Prescott/IWN)

By E. Glenford Prescott

Vincentian batsman, Sunil Ambris has been called up by regional selectors as part of a 14-man A team squad to tour Sri Lanka starting next month.

The tour will run from Oct. 1 to Nov. 5 and will comprise of three “Test” and three limited-overs matches.

Barbados Carlos Braithwaite has been named captain of the team.

This is the first major outing for the 21-year-old Ambris who had an impressive regional debut season for the Windwards in 2014. He struck a century against Guyana in his first first-class innings and ended the season with a second century against Jamaica in the four-day final at Beausejour Ground in St. Lucia.

Windward Islands player Shane Shillingford  has also been selected to the squad. (Internet photo) Windward Islands player Shane Shillingford has also been selected to the squad. (Internet photo)

Mystifyingly ignored for the 2013 regional first class season by Windward Islands selectors even though they were forced to play musical chairs with many of their top batsmen, Ambris, when given the chance, impressed all who saw him play. He totalled 468 runs, which included two other half centuries.

He was selected for the St. Lucia Zouks in the 2014 edition of the Caribbean Premier League but saw limited action.

A diminutive right handed batsman, who also wicketkeeps, Ambris is a former West Indies Under-19 and U15 player and is the younger brother of Windward Islands and former CCC middle-order batsman, Romel Currency. He represented the UWI Vice-Chancellor Eleven against the touring Bangladeshis, scoring 34 and one.

The Guardian General Saints batsman is one of three Windward players named in the squad, with offspinner Shane Shillingford and hard-hitting wicketkeeper batsman Andre Fletcher.

Hard-hitting wicketkeeper batsman Andre Fletcher. (Internet photo)
Hard-hitting wicketkeeper batsman Andre Fletcher. (Internet photo)

The squad also includes out of sorts West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards, current West Indies players opener Kraigg Brathwaite and middle-order batsman, Jermaine Blackwood, Shannon Gabriel and Nikita Miller.

Legspinner Davendra Bishoo, batsman, Assad Fudadin and pacers Sheldon Cottrel and Miguel Cummings as well as wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, who have all represented the senior team at some time, make up the remainder of the squad.

Former Windward Islands opener, Lockhart Sebastien is the team’s manager with Sir Vivian Richards as Technical Director.

Squad: Carlos Brathwaite (Captain), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Miguel Cummins, Kirk Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Assad Fudadin, Shannon Gabriel, Nikita Miller, Shane Shillingford, Chadwick Walton

Team management unit: Sir Vivian Richards (Technical Director), Lockhart Sebastien (Manager), Graeme West (Coach), Vasbert Drakes (Coach), Oba Gulston (Physiotherapist), Neval Grazette (Fitness Trainer), Dexter Augustus (Video Analyst)

SCHEDULE OF MATCHES

October 

Sat 11 to Tue 14: First “Test” – Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium, Hambantota

Sat 18 to Tue 21: Second “Test” – Uyanwatte Stadium, Matara

Sat 25 to Tue 28: Third “Test” – Tyronne Fernando Stadium, Moratuwa

November

Sat 1: First One-day match – Rangiri Dambulla Stadium, Dambulla

Mon 3: Second One-day match – Welagedara Stadium, Kurunegala

Wed 5:  Third One-day match – Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo