The Jamaica Scorpions have named two new players to their squad for the start of the Cricket West Indies Professional League which bowls off on Thursday. The Scorpions who will play their first game against Barbados starting December 13, have also named a successor for Nikita Miller as captain. Former St Elizabeth Technical stand-out, Paul Palmer Junior will once again take up the role as Jamaica Scorpions captain.
Palmer will take up the role officially for the second time, having been appointed captain in 2015 and acted as stand-in skipper when Miller was not available. Palmer's 2015 appointment was heavily criticised as he had only played two first-class matches for the Combined Campuses and Colleges before being named captain in his first season with the team.
A poor run which started with a golden duck on debut saw the left-hander being dropped after seven rounds. Since then, Palmer has gone on to score three half-centuries and a century at an average of 21.27. Meanwhile, pacer Jermaine Levy who plays for the Southern Seals in the JCA Super League and Barbadian off-spinner Kenroy Williams are the new faces in the squad.
The squad is completed by John Campbell, Chadwick Walton, Jermaine Blackwood, Andre McCarthy, Steven Taylor, Aldane Thomas, Dennis Bulli, Nikita Miller, Derval Green and Reynard Leveridge. Robert Samuels will enter his third season as head coach of the team. The Jamaica Scorpions finished fourth on the four day table last season, behind the Guyana Jaguars who were claiming their fourth straight title.