Browne named chief selector in Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Former West Indies wicket-keeper Courtney Browne has been appointed the new chairman of the Barbados selection panel.

The Barbados Cricket Association has announced that Browne, a former West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman, will replace former Barbados fast bowler Roddy Estwick in the position.

Browne will be joined on the panel by former national fast bowler Hendy Broomes, and Joseph Harris, a former national off-spin bowler and Canada captain.

The 37-year-old Browne is the most successful Barbados captain ever. He played 20 Tests and 46 One-day Internationals for West Indies. His champagne moment came when he and compatriot Ian Bradshaw revived West Indies fortunes in the Final of the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy to guide Brian Lara’s side to an amazing victory over England in the gloom at The Oval.

As a livewire teenager, Broomes promised much in the national youth team in the annual West Indies Youth Championship. He was given a chance in the regional limited-overs competition in 1995 and played 11 times for the island.

Harris was born in India, briefly played first-class cricket in Barbados, but reached the pinnacle of career when he led Canada to the World Cup in South Africa five years ago. He was picked for Barbados in 1989 largely for his off-spin bowling and solid batting, and later moved to Canada.