Coach Junior Bennett Gets New Position In Jamaica Cricket SetUp

Photo Source: Jamaica Observer
Photo Source: Jamaica Observer

Junior Bennett is set to assume the new role of chairman of the selection panel and also the Technical Director of all youth program at the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) set up, according to people familiar with the matter.

The sources also informed that Robert Samuels will replace Junior Bennett as coach of Jamaica’s national senior cricket team.

The sources reported that the board will meet on July 20, at which point the recommendation will be approved.

Junior Bennett boasts a long list of cricket credentials. He won 17 Headley Cup titles at the school boy level as coach of St. Elizabeth Technical High School as well as 14 Spalding Cup national titles.

He assumed the position of national senior coach in 2007 and won a regional title every year since then, either the regional one-day or the four-day tournament.

He also has bragging rights of coaching the national team to two regional T20 finals.

After winning the regional four-day title three years in a row, he was replaced one year by former Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies batsman Gus Logie.

He was then restored as head coach following the departure of the Trinidadian in 2011 and has been in the role since.

However, the team’s constant failure in recent seasons led to calls in some quarters for Bennett to be replaced as head coach.

Samuels was in charge of the national Under-19 team before being replaced by Ordelmo Peters for this year’s campaign.

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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