Cricket

Rovman Powell grateful to have led WI in ODI series against Bangladesh

By Sanjay Myers
Senior staff reporter
myerss@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, January 05, 2019

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Jamaica cricketer Rovman Powell says he was pleased to lead the West Indies One-Day International (ODI) team during their tour of Bangladesh recently.

Powell was deputy to Holder on the preceding tour of India, though with regular captain Jason Holder out due to injury it still came as a shock to some when the middle order batsman was given the nod as captain for the three ODIs in Bangladesh.

West Indies lost the series 1-2 but Powell was encouraged by the support he received.

“I think it was a very good experience,” the 25-year-old right-hander told the Jamaica Observer.

“I want to say thank you to all the players and management staff who were there to help. Each and every one came on board with me, and I think that is what made the experience so good,” Powell added.

It has been a swift rise for the Old Harbour native, who played locally for St Catherine CC before switching to University of the West Indies to honour a scholarship deal.

Powell, who also bowls medium pace, was drafted by Jamaica Tallawahs to play in the 2016 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tournament.

There he showcased clean-hitting abilities, crafty bowling, and athletic fielding prowess. He won many plaudits as the Tallawahs swept to their second Twenty20 title.

Though the Tallawahs failed to lift the CPL crown in two subsequent campaigns, he remains a vital part of their set up.

The leadership role for the West Indies is yet another step forward.

Powell said that as a youngster he never predicted he would be captain of the regional side at that age. Now that he has had that experience he is relishing other opportunities.

“As a youngster if you had told me that at 25 I'd be leading West Indies in a tour against Bangladesh I wouldn't have written that script.

“Things like that do happen and hopefully I can grow from strength to strength,” he said.

Though regarded as a limited-over specialist, Powell is a member of the Jamaica Scorpions team facing Windward Islands Volcanoes in the West Indies four-day match at Sabina Park.

Batting at number six, he made 22 yesterday. Up to press time at supper the Scorpions were 202-9, with Assad Fudadin not out 75 and Reynard Leveridge on two not out.


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