Miller's exclusion stumps Barbados


March 04, 2016
Nikita Miller

Barbados Pride coach Henderson Springer has described as unfortunate the circumstances which led to Jamaica Scorpions spinner Nikita Miller not playing a more vital role for the West Indies.

"It's unfortunate that a guy like him would not have had the opportunity to play on an extended run for the West Indies," said Springer, following his team's six wickets win over Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park earlier this week.

"I don't know what the policy of the West Indies selectors is as it relates to left-arm spinners or whatever the case may be but if a guy has so many wickets for his country that has produced so many outstanding cricketers that must say something."

Miller, who featured in one Test and several one-day and Twenty20 Internationals, is currently the top bowler first-class WICB Professional League with 58 wickets from eight games.

This has place him well ahead of current West Indies bowlers, fellow left-arm spinners Jomel Warrican, Sulieman Benn and Veerasammy Permaul, as well as leg-spinner, Davendra Bishoo.

"He is one of the guys that give you an option," said Springer.

"His accuracy, his ability to concentrate for long periods, his durability, because he has played for a long period of time, and his ability to be both attacking and defensive as the situation required."

Meanwhile, Barbados captain Kraigg Brathwaite, highlighting the consistency Miller, who claimed eight for 67 and two for 38 in the showdown, said he was skilled bowler.

"He (generally) bowls stump to stump, and on these itches in the Caribbean, if you are not patient as a batsman, you are not going to last against him," he said.

Jamaica, fourth in the six team championship, will next play away to Windward Volcanoes in the ninth and penultimate round in Arnos Vale, St Vincent next weekend.

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