Kieran Powell, Major League baseballer?
West Indies players missing international cricket to play T20 Leagues around the world is quite common. Now, the WICB is in danger of losing players to other sports. This time it's Major League Baseball in the USA catching the attention of one of its players.*
Kieran Powell, the opener who last played for West Indies in June 2014, is looking to get himself a place in an MLB franchise.
"An opportunity came about after a few discrepancies with the West Indies Cricket Board; I decided to take some time off from cricket and some footage of me playing cricket was seen by the LA Dodgers," Powell said. "I've had some training out here in the US for a few months."
Powell, who has three Test tons in 21 Tests, says baseball is his priority right now, even though cricket remains his first love. "[Baseball is] really fun, it's an interesting game, I've loved every minute of it so far, and I hope to continue doing it for the rest of my career.
"It's a unique opportunity, it's a once in a lifetime thing. This is what dreams are made of, as I said earlier. I'm just so excited about it."
Whether he makes it or not, we'll have to wait and watch. One thing is for sure though, Powell will not be joining the New York Yankees: a Yankees scout had a look at Powell in Florida this week, and was rather unimpressed.
What exactly did he think of his hitting skills? "He sucks. He's not worth any time," the scout told ESPN.com.
*05.30GMT, January 15: This blog was updated after Kieran Powell was observed by a baseball scout