Experienced West Indies and Jamaica batsman Marlon Samuels and national all-rounder Orlando Peters have been included in a final 14-member Leeward Islands Hurricanes squad for the Regional Super50 slated to bowl off next week.
Samuels has not played in the regional competition since 2013 where he featured for home country Jamaica. The talented batsman was ruled out of the competition the following season after not making the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) eligibility requirements.
Peters, who featured for the now dormant Antigua Hawksbills in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) was not offered a contract by the Leeward Islands Cricket Board (LICB) following a poor showing two seasons ago.
Top order Antiguan batsman, Jermaine Otto is also included and could make his Leeward Islands debut alongside young Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies Under-19s Akiel Hosein.
West Indies and Antigua & Barbuda fast bowler, Alzarri Joseph, veteran Gavin Tonge, all-rounders Kevon Cooper and Rahkeem Cornwall will spearhead the Hurricanes’ bowling attack.
The Leeward Islands Hurricanes will play in Group A of the competition alongside defending champions Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, as well as Windward Islands Volcanoes, West Indies Under-19s and English county side, Kent Spitfires.
Group B comprises the Guyana Jaguars, Jamaica Scorpions, Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners and ICC Americas along with home team Barbados Pride.
Leeward Islands Hurricanes squad: Kieran Powell (captain), Rahkeem Cornwall (vice captain), Marlon Samuels, Nkrumah Bonner, Montcin Hodge, Jermaine Otto, Chesney Hughes, Jahmar Hamilton, Orlando Peters, Akiel Hosein, Kevon Cooper, Jason Campbell, Alzarri Joseph and Gavin Tonge.
Reserves are Jeremiah Louis, Daniel Dorram and Akiel Charles.