Leon Johnson was appointed as WICB President XI captain when Australia toured West Indies in May 2015    Getty Images
Leon Johnson was appointed as WICB President XI captain when Australia toured West Indies in May 2015 Getty Images

The 28-year-old batsman from Guyana, Leon Johnson has been appointed as the skipper for West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President XI who will playing two-day match against India beginning from Saturday, July 9 at St.Kitts. Johnson has been key player for West Indies from the four Tests he has played so far for them. He has posted fifty against South Africa in January 2015. He has not been named in the main squad against India. Johnson forced his way back into the side by amassing 807 runs at an impressive average of 57.64 for Guyana Jaguars in the 2015-16 first-class season. The team playing against India consists of young bunch of individuals who can pose strong side against India. ALSO READ: West Indies vs Australia 2015: Leon Johnson aims Test comeback

Jermaine Blackwood, Shai Hope and Rajendra Chandrika have also been included in the squad. Keon Joseph, Jason Dawes and Mrquino Mindley will take the pace attack. Jomel Warrican and Damion Jacobs are the only spinners in the squad, as reported on cricbuzz.com. Incidentally, Alzarri Joseph, who bowled with pace and control to pick up 15 wickets in the Under-19 World Cup held earlier this year in Bangladesh, doesn’t find a place in the 12-member squad. ALSO READ: West Indies vs Australia 2015: Leon Johnson to lead WICB President’s XI in warm-up tie

India will be playing four-Tests series against West Indies beginning from July 21 for which they have already departed on Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, India’s new head coach had special one on one session with his fans on Twitter answering all their queries regarding India’s performance in Test, the challenges he might face as the coach, working with Test skipper Virat Kohli and much more.

West Indies Cricket Board President XI squad: Leon Johnson (c), Marquino Mindley, Vishaul Singh, Jomel Warrican, Jermaine Blackwood, Rajendra Chandrika, Roston Chase, Jason Dawes, Shane Dowrich, Shai Hope, Damion Jacobs and Keon Joseph.