Powell set for PCL after breaking exile
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):
Enigmatic opener Kieran Powell appears poised to make a dramatic return to first class cricket next weekend, two years after mysteriously bowing out of the regional spotlight.
The left-hander, who has played 21 Tests and 28 One-Day Internationals, has been named in the Leeward Islands Hurricanes 13-man squad which will take on leaders and defending champions Guyana Jaguars in the ninth round of the regional Professional Cricket League (PCL) starting here Friday.
Powell's return is a shocking one especially after reports out of US state of Florida earlier this year said the 26-year-old was actively trying to land a professional baseball contract, after auditioning before 12 Major League Baseball franchises.
However, Leeward Islands Cricket Association chief executive, Richard Berridge, told CMC Sports yesterday that Powell had indicated he was "mentally ready" to return to first class cricket.
"Kieran was always going to come back to cricket. I don't know the exact details but what I do know is that he made himself available to us," Berridge said.
"He said he was ready - mentally ready to return to the game - and therefore the selection panel chose to include him in the squad for the ninth round."
Powell last played a regional first class game in April, 2014 when as captain of the Leewards, he oversaw an innings defeat to Barbados here at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
Two months later, he turned out for West Indies in the opening Test of the three-match series against New Zealand, scoring 28 and zero. He then suddenly opted out of the rest of that series and has taken no part in regional cricket since.