County news March 30, 2010

Middlesex sign Collins for 2010 season

Cricinfo staff

Middlesex have signed Pedro Collins, the former West Indies left-arm seamer, for the 2010 season. Collins will link up with the Middlesex squad in mid April, and joins a pace attack which already contains Iain O'Brien, the former New Zealand paceman, as well as Steven Finn and Middlesex's player of the year for the last three seasons, Tim Murtagh.

"I am delighted to be returning to England to play county cricket this summer," said Collins. "Playing at Lord's with West Indies was always a special experience and the thought of playing there for Middlesex with the home support on my side is very exciting. The Club have made some good signings this summer to complement a strong squad so I look forward to helping the club challenge for silverware."

Collins, 33, played 32 Tests for West Indies, taking 106 wickets, and also took part in 30 one-day internationals. His last international appearance came in a Test against India at Kingston in 2006, after which he had a two-year stint at Surrey as a Kolpak player, courtesy of his native Barbados's trade links with the United Kingdom.

After picking up just 16 wickets in five County Championship games last year, he was released by Surrey at the end of the 2009 season, but went on to have a successful time with Barbados, his 26 wickets helping them clinch second place in the domestic four-day competition.

"We are delighted to have secured the services of Pedro Collins," said Angus Fraser, Middlesex's managing director of cricket. "Pedro will bolster Middlesex's seam attack, bringing experience and variety to it. He has experience of bowling in English conditions and has had a very good domestic season in the Caribbean, in which he took 26 wickets at an average of only 17.53 for Barbados."

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  • Dummy4 on April 2, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    I'm very happy for pedro, he is a good bowler. Best on the other hand, couldn't make my backyard team, he is a total waste of time. How a county side could want him is beyond me. No offense to the ryan hinds fans, but he has proved totally useless beyond the regional game. in terms of all-rounders we have bravo, one of the best in the world, and sammy who is also a good player, hinds had his chance. i would however like to see bravo raise his batting ave, he is a much better batsman than his stats suggest. i would like to think that being a selector is a very hard job, there is a lot of inter island politics to deal with, thus more often than not a few players end up on the side, not based on performance but rather on territorial representation. a perfect e.g is andre fletcher, he can't bat or keep and has not performed to date but he is in the t20 squad. the entire administrative structure of wi cricket needs to be changed, starting from the territorial board level.

  • Sam on April 1, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    If you check most of the WI player averages the majority of them is mediocre Ramdin has 39 test averages 28, Morton 15 test at 22, Bravo 34 test at 32, Simmons 3 test at 14, Sammy 8 test at 19, Devon Smith 31 test at 24, the point here is some players get more chances to fail than others and are more favored by selectors than others, as I said before Attaputtu first 6 scores in test were 0,0,0,0,0, 1, the selectors had faith that he would make it and he repaid their faith, Hinds was a successful WI youth captain, and for Barbados also, Jerome Taylor did not take a wicket until his 5th test, Regional 4 day matches are supposed to be the basis for selecting a WI team Ryan Has been in the top 3-5 for over 4 years now, Pointing, Katich, Clarke, and many others were dropped by their team, once they started scoring runs again they were given another run in their team the rest is history, these guys were not written off by their selectors, as they tend to do in the WI, let's be fair.

  • Andre on April 1, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    Pedro Collins has previously refused a spot on the WI team. Whether this means he's retired I'm not sure, but if he was a full contract WI player, he would have a tougher time finding a spot in an English club.

  • Ravi on March 31, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    Tino Best has played fourteen test matches for the west indies and averages over 48 with his his last test match against Bangladesh - one of the minnows of test cricket (at least according to the icc rankings) - he went wicketless...he is also now 28 - how much more do you want him to get his feet wet ?

    Ryan Hinds has played 15 tests for the windies and averages 21 with the bat and 66 with the ball

    Pedro Collins I like alot

    The first two however, have been given lots of chances and are simply not up to the grade......

  • Sam on March 31, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    Sometimes you have to ask yourself what is the WI selectors looking for, it seems to me performance no longer counts for selection in this West Indies team, politics and games are being played with these players careers, Badrinath, Mike Hussey, Laxman, are only a few players who were belatedly brought in after impressing for years on their local circuit scoring heavily for their teams and being bypassed for potential talent, as if performance now was worth nothing, for years now the so called west indies top team haven't won a series let alone a test, Collins, Best, and Ryan Hinds have performed consistently for Barbados year after year but hasn't been given a realistic chance to get their feet wet and make the leap to learn the ropes of what is required in international cricket. Imagine making it to top of your class in term of averages, and being bypassed for promotion, instead it goes to the person who finished at the bottom.

  • charlie on March 30, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Interesting to note that others can see worth in our players and we can't .Here we are short in our pace attack in the home team ,yet we find no place in the team for the likes of [Collins and Best ] when they are in the best form this season .I think that we are the laughing- stock of the rest of the cricketing world who see us as playing games with players livelyhood ,cricket being more of a business these days .

  • matthew on March 30, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    Good signing for the boys from lords. Can anyone out there please tell me where former somerset player Wes Durston is playing cricket this season. Email me at or just post any news here. thanks.

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