Trinidad and Tobago leg-spinner Yannic Cariah is looking at the upcoming spin bowling clinic, to be conducted by former Pakistan player and international spin bowling consultant Saqlain Mushtaq, as another opportunity to lift his game.
According to a West Indies Cricket Board media release, Mushtaq had been engaged by the WICB to conduct the three-week clinic, to be staged in Barbados starting this week, featuring 12 male spin bowlers from various age groups along with three West Indies Women’s players.
Cariah is one of four T&T spinners selected by the West Indies selectors to take part in the extensive spin bowling clinic for current and emerging West Indian players.
The other T&T players selected for the clinic are Under-19 cricketers, off-spinner Bryan Charles and leg-spinner Jesse Bootan along with West Indies Women leading off-spinner Anisa Mohammed.
Speaking to the Express before leaving for Barbados yesterday, Cariah said he was honoured to be part of the clinic and is looking to make the best of the opportunity as he tries to take his cricket to a higher level.
“It is a privilege to be selected for something like this, and I am thankful for this opportunity and I am looking forward to it. Coming into the (T&T) team from the HPC and now getting this opportunity, I am looking to continue improving and bettering myself. I want to be the best I can be and that is the motivation for me,” he added.
The clinic was organised at the request of West Indies coach Ottis Gibson as part of the upgrading of skills of both active international players and players who are likely to come into contention for West Indies selection at various levels.
Charles was the leading bowler in the recently concluded West Indies Under-19 three-day championships while taking a tournament high 29 wickets at an average of 13.59.
Bootan also had some good performances and was T&T’s, offering good support to Charles as T&T finished runners up to Jamaica.
Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree were also considered for participation in the clinic but are not available due to their participation in the Champions League T20 with T&T later this month.
Guyana’s Veerasammy Permaul and Barbados’ Ashley Nurse will leave the clinic on September 10 for departure to India with the West Indies A limited overs squad.
Shane Shillingford will depart the clinic on September 20 to join the West Indies A team in India for the “Test” series.
Spin Clinic Participants:
Devendra Bishoo, Jesse Bootan, Yannic Cariah, Bryan Charles, Akeem Dewar, Larry Edwards, Ramaal Lewis, Anisa Mohammed, Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai, Ashley Nurse, Veerasammy Permaul, Shaquana Quintyne, Shane Shillingford, Stefanie Taylor, Jomel Warrican.