Alzarri Shaheim Joseph, the young Antiguan 19-year-old express right-arm fast bowler continues to command the attention of not only commentators, and pundits, but also current fellow players.
In a recent press report, Marlon Samuels has made it clear that the young fast bowler has his fullest support and ought to be in the lineup when West Indies take the field this Saturday against India in the second test at Sabina Park.
A number of cricket aficionados have complained about the pedestrian pace at which the current lot of pace bowlers on the West Indies team bowls and has argued that given Joseph’s ‘pace like fire’ he ought to be included in the team.
Joseph made his first-class debut for the Leewards during the 2014–15 Regional Four Day Competition.
During the following season against Guyana, he bagged a maiden first-class five-wicket haul, 5/99 opening the bowling with Gavin Tonge.
The following match, against the Windward Islands, he took another five-wicket haul, 7/46.
In December 2015, Joseph was named in the West Indies squad for the 2016 Under-19 World Cup.
At the tournament, he took 13 wickets from six matches to finish as his team’s leading wicket-taker (and equal third overall).
His best performance was 4/30 against Zimbabwe, which saw him named the man of the match.
Samuels opines that the West Indies Under-19 World Cup hero Joseph would be a good addition to the team.
“I would definitely play him. He’s young, fit, fast, and fearless; when are you going to play him at 25? He’s 19 now so it’s the best time to let him go and let him express himself,” Samuels reportedly said.
Samuels also posits the view that his recent form has not been up to par but he will be definitely seeking to make a meaningful contribution to the team before his home crowd.
Samuels has struggled in recent times with only one half century from his last six matches.
He also concedes that he has been feeling the pressure of being one of the leading batsmen.
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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