West Indies news August 29, 2013

Saqlain invited to help West Indies spinners

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former Pakistan offspinner Saqlain Mushtaq will conduct a three-week spin-bowling clinic for a select group of current and emerging West Indies spinners, including three women cricketers, from September 3.

Saqlain was invited to conduct the clinic on the suggestion of West Indies coach, Ottis Gibson in a bid to better the skills of players who are likely to represent West Indies at different levels.

The group of spinners includes Devendra Bishoo, Shane Shillingford, Veerasammy Permaul, Ashley Nurse, Anisa Mohammed, Shaquana Quintyne and Stafanie Taylor. The players were picked by the WICB selection panel.

Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree and Nikita Miller were considered for selection but could not be picked due to their unavailability. Narine and Badree are scheduled to play in the Champions League T20, while Miller has been picked for the West Indies A squad for the India tour in September. Permaul and Nurse will also leave the clinic to travel with the West Indies A squad.

Saqlain, renowned as one of the first offspinners to use the doosra, took 208 wickets in 49 Tests and 288 wickets in 169 ODIs over a career that stretched between 1995 and 2004. After a successful county stint with Surrey, he was appointed as a spin consultant by New Zealand Cricket in 2009 and has, more recently, played the same role with the Bangladesh team.

Spinners selected to attend the clinic: Devendra Bishoo, Jesse Bootan, Yannic Cariah, Bryan Charles, Akeem Dewar, Larry Edwards, Ramaal Lewis, Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai, Ashley Nurse, Veerasammy Permaul, Shane Shillingford, Jomel Warrican, Shaquana Quintyne, Stafanie Taylor, Anisa Mohammed

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  • Yasir on September 1, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    @Toolaram:Waqar who? Waqar Younis..You don't even know him,I doubt if you are a cricket fan.All of these Legend WI bowlers that you mentioned.I wonder why they never came forward to coach their own team.

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    Interesting comment about Benn, also no Odean Brown another quality bowler who is not selected for reasons best known to the selectors. Good to have the ladies involved as well.

  • Anver on August 30, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    A wise move & WI spinners will certainly learn few tricks from Saqlain the master of "Doosra"

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    A 'clinic'? What is this, a high school team? They need a better permanent bowling coach and a better permanent batting coach. At this level these guys are not suddenly start bowling doosras. They need to improve what they are already good at. Were they planning on having Narine, the number one ODI bowler in the world start bowling doosras? It is their mental game that needs work, not their technique.

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Waqar you who , @ Speng we West Indian would prefer our own Curtley Ambrose , Walsh , Holding , Garner , Bishop , who I think are available and where good fast bowlers and can help our own , and it would be a nice way to say thank you guys for what you did for West Indies cricket .

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    whats wrong with hiring someone like d k lillee of australia ,after all i think someone diffirent would be great

  • Aram on August 30, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    a very positive step for WIC. He has played international cricket and it will help the players that he is coaching.. Very good spin bowler of his time..

  • Kurt on August 29, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    I guess Benn will not be playing for the West Indies in the foreseeable future...

  • Jo on August 29, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    I see WI in future have 2-3 reliable and effective spinners in permanent placements. Valuable investment by WI.

  • Steve on August 29, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Good initiative by WI board to invite Saqlain. In future, this will help WI batsmen to train against quality local spinners as well.

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