WICB programme for 'special talent'
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
A programme is being designed for West Indies A all-rounder, Rahkeem Cornwall, which is aimed at ensuring the player fulfils his immense potential.
Chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne, said the 23-year-old was "a special talent" and would be given all the necessary support from the West Indies Cricket Board in order to develop his career.
"We're actually putting a programme in place for Rahkeem where we are actually going to have someone to manage him overall," Browne told Line and Length Network.
Cornwall has emerged as one of the finest young players in the region and was recently selected for the West Indies A tour of Sri Lanka.
He was outstanding during the three-match four-day Test series, claiming 23 wickets with his off-spin, including a career-best eight of 108 in the opening game in Colombo last October.
Cornwall has also taken 25 wickets so far in the first five games of the Regional first class championship, and has chipped in with three half-centuries.
Browne said the WICB would not allow the Antiguan to fall by the wayside.
"He's definitely on our list," the former Test wicketkeeper stressed.
Cornwall, who has already played 25 first class games, is a towering six-footer who has in the past come under scrutiny because of his burly size, with pundits speculating about his athleticism.