In search of fast bowlers

West Indies’ cricketer Nikita Miller bowls during a practice session ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup at R. Premadasa stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Associated Press / Eranga Jayawardena, File

Cricket West Indies (CWI) selectors will be searching for fast bowlers when the Regional four-day cricket season bowls off later this month.

CWI chief selector Courtney Browne said that one of the objectives of the upcoming three-month season would be to find pacers who can clock in the high 80 to 90 mph range.

He said finding a few consistent batsmen is important, but what is also key is to “unearth some young fast bowlers to add to the poll that we have.”

Spinners have dominated the first class tournament in recent years, with medium pace bowlers increasingly being pushed into the background.

Last season, left-arm spinner Nikita Miller topped the wickets tally with 58 scalps and T&T leg-spinner Imran Khan ending with 44, while left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall finished with 41 wickets each.

The four-day Regional Tournament was expanded to 10 matches three years ago, when the CWI inaugurated the Professional Cricket League featuring six territorial franchise playing home and away matches and a system that promotes player movement.

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