West Indies news August 30, 2013

Santokie hopes for WI recall after successful CPL

Renaldo Matadeen

Krishmar Santokie, the Jamaica left-arm seamer, has hopes that his recent performance in the Caribbean Premier League can help him stage a return to the West Indies team. Santokie, who played for Guyana Amazon Warriors, was the highest wicket-taker in the CPL with 16 wickets in nine games at an average of 13.68 and was named player of the tournament for his performances.

The bowler made his T20 debut for West Indies in 2011 against England and played only one match since, against Sri Lanka in March 2012, before losing his place in the squad.

"I remember saying that the CPL would be the launching pad for me to [get back into] the West Indies scene and now I'm eager to see what happens (next)," he said. "It's been nice to reach the T20 summit finally, as I've been aiming for this for a long time and now, I hope it forces me back into international cricket.

"The player-of-the-tournament award has happened in this historic CPL, which is great for me and my career, and I hope it opens up new doors for me with regards to the West Indies, and worldwide."

Slotted as an allrounder early in his career, Santokie's failure to score runs hindered his progress. He has found himself a step behind players like Andre Russell in the pecking order of regional players, even as the allrounder slots in the international team have already been taken by Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy. Santokie, however, has had a good year with the ball. He was the third highest wicket-taker in the Caribbean T20 tournament earlier this year and also played for Khulna Royal Bengal in the Bangladesh Premier League, and he now hopes his recent performances can help his selection for the New Zealand tour.

Santokie was grateful for the backing he got from Curtly Ambrose, Guyana's assistant coach, who suggested that the pacer should be recalled to the West Indies side for his consistency and ability to swing the ball.

"I'm glad for that kind of backing. It helps my confidence. I think it's just a matter of time for me and I'll be running out with the West Indian colors again," he said.

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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  • BRUTALANALYST on August 30, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Santokie was phenomenal in the CPL I have no doubt he will be back in W.I limited overs squad and also top pick for IPL sides who will surely be fighting over him come auction time. Left arm bowlers always cause problems but his control is on a Malinga level with those late swing yorkers he also seems like a very humble down to earth guy wish him all the best he deserves it all.

  • Riddymon on September 2, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    We need more left arm swing bowlers in the West Indies side. We saw how the lefties demolished Windies when they played in Australia. Would love to see him and Cotterell working in tandem for the windies. Hopefully he can work on his bowling in pressure situations though because he was horrible in the CPL final in his last over.

  • on August 31, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    Santokie, your return to Windies cricket is imminent. Hopefully West Indies give you a fair number of chances to prove yourself. Your bowling is world class!

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 30, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Santokie was phenomenal in the CPL I have no doubt he will be back in W.I limited overs squad and also top pick for IPL sides who will surely be fighting over him come auction time. Left arm bowlers always cause problems but his control is on a Malinga level with those late swing yorkers he also seems like a very humble down to earth guy wish him all the best he deserves it all.

  • Riddymon on September 2, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    We need more left arm swing bowlers in the West Indies side. We saw how the lefties demolished Windies when they played in Australia. Would love to see him and Cotterell working in tandem for the windies. Hopefully he can work on his bowling in pressure situations though because he was horrible in the CPL final in his last over.

  • on August 31, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    Santokie, your return to Windies cricket is imminent. Hopefully West Indies give you a fair number of chances to prove yourself. Your bowling is world class!

  • on August 31, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    Santokie, your return to Windies cricket is imminent. Hopefully West Indies give you a fair number of chances to prove yourself. Your bowling is world class!

  • Riddymon on September 2, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    We need more left arm swing bowlers in the West Indies side. We saw how the lefties demolished Windies when they played in Australia. Would love to see him and Cotterell working in tandem for the windies. Hopefully he can work on his bowling in pressure situations though because he was horrible in the CPL final in his last over.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 30, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Santokie was phenomenal in the CPL I have no doubt he will be back in W.I limited overs squad and also top pick for IPL sides who will surely be fighting over him come auction time. Left arm bowlers always cause problems but his control is on a Malinga level with those late swing yorkers he also seems like a very humble down to earth guy wish him all the best he deserves it all.