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Santokie keen to cement T20 spot

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM
West Indies player Krishmar Santokie fixes his eyeglasses during a team training session at Sabina Park yesterday, in preparation for today's Twenty20 International against Ireland. - WICB Media

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

West Indies fast bowler Krishmar Santokie is hoping to put his best foot forward should he get chance to play in today's first match of the two-match Twenty20 (T20) International series against Ireland at Sabina Park.

The 29-year-old, who has been a standout across the region in the format in recent years, seems destined to make a return to the international arena after he named in the team's 13-man squad for the series.

The established Ravi Rampaul, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell and captain Darren Sammy are the other fast bowlers in the team.

"It's good to be back after being out of the team for close to two years," said Santokie.

"I think I have done well over the years in the format and now that the selectors have selected me once more, I hope to make them proud by going out there and giving my best."

Voted Player of the Tournament for the inaugural Caribbean Premier League T20, Santokie will be hoping to play his third game for the regional outfit.

His first match was against England in 2011 where after opening the bowling, he claimed one for 17 off three overs at The Oval. His second was against Australia in St Lucia in early 2012. He also opened the bowling in that match and ended with one for 27 off three overs.

Giving my best

"Should I play against Ireland, the objective will be simple: Bowl the best I can and hope that it will be good enough so that I can be recalled for the England tour," Santokie said.

The left-arm bowler has been nursing a minor back injury since last year and was subsequently left out of Jamaica's recent regional Super50 squad as a consequence.

"The injury is pretty good as for the last couple of weeks, I have been bowling well in training," he said.

"It's just for me to go out there and continue where I left off at the national Super50 trials last month."

The second game of the series is set for Friday, while both teams are down to contest a one-dayer on Sunday, also at Sabina Park.