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Kieran Powell Gets New Cricket Gig

Kieran Omar Akeem Powell, the 29-year-old former Windies opening batsman, may appear to be off the radar of Windies’ selectors, but not so among U.S. cricket officials.

Powell, a former Under-19 and regional standout cricketer made his One Day International (ODI) debut for the West Indies in 2009, against Bangladesh, and made his Test debut just under two years later, against India.

Since then, Powell has waxed hot and cold playing for the Windies.

He was dropped from the team after a series of low scores in 2014.

He subsequently complained that he had received mixed signals from the Windies authorities, which left him “rudderless.”

Powell later moved on to represent Sri Lanka’s Tamil Union Cricket & Athletic Club in Sri Lanka’s first-class league.

In December 2015, the young, classy opening left-hand batter made a failed attempt at a switch of career to Major League Baseball.

Prior to his “sabbatical,” he played 21 Tests for West Indies since his debut against India in July 2011, scoring 1072 runs, including three centuries and two fifties.

He scored centuries in each innings of a Test against Bangladesh in November 2012, having scored his maiden hundred against New Zealand in July that year.

In 68 first-class matches, he has scored 3973 runs with six centuries and 21 fifties.

His long layoff from Windies cricket came to an end when he was recalled to the team in March 2017.

Powell failed to impress consistently, since his return, and a string of low scores would see him discarded from the opening slot, once again.

He was ignored for selection in the West Indies A team against India A touring squad recently.

Consequently, many pundits have concluded that he has now been “put out to pasture” — Powell’s red-ball contract came to an end, June 2019.

Moreover, Powell last played for the Windies against Bangladesh in December 2018.

Today, however, Powell is still practicing his craft, albeit not in the Windies cricket setup with the bat, but as the batting coach for the U.S. cricket team.

Powell’s appointment came after an announced overhaul of the U.S. national coaching structure.

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan 

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