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Browne: Regional 4-Day provides great scouting chance

Published:Monday | October 9, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica Scorpions’ John Campbell (right) celebrates the run-out of Imran Khan during the eighth-round match against the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the Cricket West Indies Regional 4-Day Tournament at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in March.

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):

Chief selector Courtney Browne believes that the extended Regional 4-day season has allowed his panel to better gauge the quality of players being considered for international duty.

Speaking ahead of the new season which bowls off October 26, Browne said the 10-round campaign proved the mettle of players, testing their ability to adapt and challenging the degree of their fitness.

"As selectors, we are happy with the length of the season. We believe 10 matches in the Regional 4-day is a good yardstick for the players and for us," the former Test wicketkeeper said.

"It helps us to see a player over a period of time and puts us in a better position to analyse if he has what it takes to be considered for the higher level."

He continued: "In a shorter season, a player may do well in a few matches and you may consider him, but in the longer season, there will be highs and lows, and you get to see how he handles different situations.

"This puts selectors in a better position to gauge how well he is doing by the end of the season."

In light of the longer season, which will run for three months, Browne also underscored the need for players to focus on physical conditioning, especially since West Indies had also raised the level of their fitness programme.

"We would also like to urge players to work on their fitness and aim at achieving the fitness levels expected, as our international teams have ramped up their fitness and conditioning work."

Three-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars will do battle with Barbados Pride, Jamaica Scorpions, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Windward Islands Volcanoes in the upcoming season.