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Primus not picked for PCL


EZRA STUART, [email protected]

Primus not picked for PCL

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Exciting Barbadian all-rounder Roshon Primus has neither been retained by his Trinidad and Tobago Red Force franchise nor picked up by any of the other five franchises for the 2018-2019 Professional Cricket League (PCL) season.

The burly 22-year-old, who burst onto the regional first-class scene with a six-wicket innings haul in his debut match in 2016, was bypassed for a professional contract in yesterday’s low-keyed Players Draft at Cricket West Indies’ headquarters in Antigua.

Primus, who was also signed by Guyana Amazon Warriors for the last Caribbean Premier League, has captured 33 wickets in 14 first-class matches at a decent average of 25.87 with his slippery and deceptive fast-medium bowling.

Three half-centuries

 

He has also shown his batting ability in the lower order, hammering three half-centuries while averaging 23.50.

But while it wasn’t clear whether his name was actually in the draft, Primus, a brother of CARIFTA Games’ Under-17 Girls’ 100-metre hurdles bronze medallist Sarah Belle, can still be selected on a pay-for-play contract.

Another Barbadian, Kyle Hope, was retained by Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.

Barbados Pride, who have had to play second fiddle to four-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars, have added Jamaican fast bowler Marquino Mindley to their 15-man squad.

Other bowlers

 

He joins promising pacers Chemar Holder, Keon Harding and Dominic Drakes, along with all-rounders Justin Greaves and Shamar Springer.

The Bajans also retained Antigua leg-spinner Haydn Walsh Jr. while seasoned all-rounder Kevin Stoute, who captained the team in the early matches of the last first-class tournament, was one of five draft picks.

Wicketkeepers Tevyn Walcott and Mario Rampersaud were both drafted, along with batsman Aaron Jones while left-handed opener Shayne Moseley, who was the Pride’s leading run-scorer in his maiden season, was rewarded with a contract. Fellow left-handed opener Omar Phillips wasn’t chosen for a contract.

According to chairman of selectors, Hendy Wallace, Mindley is “an experienced fast bowler who we think will support the cast of the younger bowlers in the team. We think the draft went well for us.”

The 23-year-old Mindley has taken 40 wickets in 23 first-class matches at an average of 30.10 runs apiece. His career-best figures of five for 35 is his only five-wicket haul.

Another experienced all-rounder, Kenroy Williams, while not retained by Barbados Pride, found favour with the Jamaica Scorpions, whose head coach Robert Samuels thinks they have a balanced squad.

The Jaguars’ president Anand Sanasie noted they have continued their approach of investing in young cricketers and putting them in a system on a pathway to West Indies’ selection.

‘More competitive’

 

“That has worked for us so far. We however, expect the teams to be even more competitive this season and we think the mix of youth and experience will serve us well,” he said.

The Windward Volcanoes have again kept all-rounder Kyle Mayers and former Barbados captain and West Indies’ batsman Kirk Edwards on their roster.

President and CEO of the Volcanoes, Gregory Shillingford, said the players they have selected form part of an overall programme which is developing as they seek to retain the 50-over title.

The players will participate in both the Four-Day Championship and the Super50 Cup scheduled to start later this year. (EZS)

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