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Atlantis’ Cush And Perkins in Stanford Super 20/20 Squad

By John L. Aaron

July 22nd, 2008
It was very heartening to learn that two of Atlantis’ current main stay players Lennox Cush and William Perkins have been named to the Sir Allen Stanford Super Stars Twenty20 squad, to compete in the “US$20M Winner-Takes-All” match against England this November in Antigua.


Lennox Cush

William Perkins

Cush has been an outstanding player for Guyana in the two Stanford Twenty20 tournaments held so far, capturing a hat-trick in that country’s loss to Jamaica in the semi-final, earlier this year. The 22-year old William Perkins has been the most recent addition to the West Indies’ Twenty20 roster and made his debut in the West Indies victory against the fiery Australian bowling attack last month in Barbados.

The two Eastern American Cricket Association players are part of a 32-man squad announced and scheduled to start training in a couple of months. The squad also includes West Indies Captain Chris Gayle, Vice-captain Ramnaresh Sarwan and regulars Shiv Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Jerome Taylor, Denesh Ramdin, Daren Powell, Sulieman Benn, Xavier Marshall, Darren Sammy, Andre Fletcher, and Kieron Pollard.

It is expected that the final squad will be selected shortly before the match on November 1, this year.

According to Sir Vivian Richards, the legendary former West Indies batsman and Stanford Chairman of selectors, "This is a squad of the best performers in the two editions of the Stanford 20/20 Tournament we've had so far and the best players in the region, it was a difficult task to select the top 32 but our selection panel believes that these players will provide us with the firepower and all the other resources to prevail over England in what is the richest prize in team sport history."

Sir Viv added "The difficult task of further reducing this training group to the playing squad lies ahead, so we will have to pay keen attention to how the players cope in the training camps which will be held in Antigua in the coming months."

Former Antigua and Barbuda and West Indies player Eldine Baptiste has been appointed head coach of the Stanford Superstars squad with Roger Harper, the former West Indies and Kenya coach as his assistant, along with Anguilla coach Cardigan Connor.

THE FULL STANFORD TWENTY20 SQUAD IS: Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Jerome Taylor, Daren Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Sulieman Benn, Xavier Marshall, Daren Ganga, Sylvester Joseph, Reyad Emrit, Dave Mohamed, Andre Fletcher, William Perkins, Kieron Pollard, Samuel Badree, Jonathan Carter, Lennox Cush, Travis Dowlin, Nelon Pascal, Aldermon Lesmond, John Eugene, Danza Hyatt, Lyndon James, Kieron Powell, and Tonito Willett.

The following four younger players have also been selected to train with the squad: Monctin Hodge, Lionel Baker, Chad Hampson, and Kelbert Walters.
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