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Rovman Powell aims for international career

Published:Wednesday | July 20, 2016 | 7:00 AMShayne Fairman
Jamaica Tallawahs' Rovman Powell smashes a six against the Trinbago Knight Riders during their Caribbean Premier League cricket match at Sabina Park on Monday night. Rovman hit 44 from 34 balls.

Local cricketer Rovman Powell, who has been tipped for greatness in separate media interviews by world-class teammates Chris Gayle, Kumar Sangakkara and André Russell, says this HERO Motocorp Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 is all about "going out to perform and becoming an international star".

Powell, who will turn 23 on the 23rd of this month, is an all-rounder who represents Jamaica Tallawahs and the University of the West Indies, Mona. He also plays for the Combined Campuses and Colleges cricket team.

"In (the) CPL, I am a looking to take some lessons from some of the more senior guys like Kumar Sangakkara, Chris Gayle, and AndrÈ Russell, to try and tweak their brain and see how they go out there and perform and become international stars," Powell told The Gleaner.

Powell has scored 139 runs, with a high score of 44 against Trinbago Knight Riders at Sabina Park in Kingston, on Monday night.

He has an average of 27.80 and a strike rate of 116.80.

"People can just expect for me to deliver some good performances. I've put in some hard work, so it's just for me to go out there and let the work show," he said.

"To be honest, inexperience is not my problem. I've been playing a particular level of cricket that is similar to this (T20) for a while now, so it's just for me to go out there and get the job done," he continued.

 

CONFIDENCE BOOST

 

Having grown in confidence and propelled to a CPL debut for the local Jamaica Tallawahs franchise this season, Powell feels the sky is the limit.

"I am looking forward to a good season. The preparation has been good, the senior players have confidence in us as young players, and we have to go out there and do well and not just represent ourselves but our country, and make everyone proud," he reasoned.

The University of the West Indies student has set his sights on making the regional team.

"Long term, definitely. The whole aim is to play for the West Indies. But as we hope to play for the West Indies, we have to take it step by step, so the next aim is to be contracted by the Jamaica Cricket Association, so that is the next aim," Powell stressed.

The cricketer added: "My strength is my confidence level."