WICB planning to rekindle fast bowling


March 23, 2016
West Indies Cricket Board's director of cricket Richard Pybus (left) presents Guyana Jaguars batsman Shimron Hetmyer with his Player-of-the-Match award at the Guyana National Stadium on Sunday. The Jaguars defeated the Jamaica Scorpions in the 10th round match to top the 2016 WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament.

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) says it wants to stage a series of fast- bowling camps as part of a plan to rekindle an area of the game that has been struggling in recent years.

WICB Director of Cricket Richard Pybus made the announcement at the conclusion of the 10-round Professional Cricket League (PCL) Regional Four-day Tournament on Monday.

The WICB is pondering the introduction of an off-season training programme targeting fast bowlers after spinners dominated the just-ended four-day tournament.

"We are prioritising and looking at some camps for our fast bowlers, possibly some measures off-season to prioritise fast bowling in the four-day competition," said Pybus in an interview with WICB media.

"This is going to be central to us getting that back at the heart of West Indies cricket again."

Spinners featured prominently during the tournament, including the top wicket-taker, Jamaican Nikita Miller, who had 65 scalps in nine matches.

"The competition has been still dominated too much by the spin bowlers," said the WICB director of cricket.

Guyana's Leon Johnson, with 807, scored the most runs for the season, followed by Devon Smith of the Windward Islands who scored 719 - though from two matches fewer.

Guyana Jaguars were crowned champions of the Regional four-Day Tournament for the second straight year.

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