Newcomers Patrick Browne and Kemar Roach have both expressed great delight at being named by the West Indies cricket Board in the squad for the upcoming training camp.
Browne, a nimble wicket-keeper/batsman, and Roach, a strongly-built fast bowler, were on Wednesday unveiled in the 23-member squad which will assemble at the high performance centre at the Three Ws Oval of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies. The camp opens on Sunday and will run until November 22.
The 15 players for the upcoming tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa will be named after the camp.
The rise of the 19-year-old Roach has been meteoric. He has played three KFC Cup one-day matches for Barbados in February but was overlooked for the recent tournament in October. He is yet to play a first-class match.
"I feel great I was waiting for this moment. This is a really, really great feeling. I have been training and keeping ready for a chance like this to come along. I have been working very hard. From here, it's just a matter of keeping working hard. I will continue to put in the hard work," he said.
"I get a lot of advice and what I try to do is listen and learn. I have not played first-class cricket as yet but I believe in myself and if given a chance to represent the West Indies I would adapt quickly."
Browne has been knocking at the door for some time and was a member of the West Indies "A" team which toured England last year.
He was included in the squad and Jamaican Carlton Baugh was overlooked. Browne noted that he believed he could challenge Denesh Ramdin for the job on the upcoming tours and said he would like to be part of the rebirth of West Indies cricket.
"I'm very excited. I was waiting so long for this opportunity and it finally has happened," said the 25-year-old, who has made 44 appearances in first-class cricket.
He was a member of the provisional squad for the International Cricket Council's Twenty20 World Championships.
"I'm confident at the moment. All I have to do is brush up on my keeping. My batting is clicking. I'm looking to give 100 per cent and perform at my best," Browne added.
"I believe that if I get a chance I can perform at a world-class level and I should be able to help lift West Indies fortunes."
Three other newcomers were named in the squad. They are fast bowler Nelon Pascal of Grenada, Jamaica batsman Brenton Parchment and off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth of Trinidad and Tobago.