Uncapped West Indies allrounder Rahkeem Cornwall was included in West Indies’ Test squad for the two-match series against India which is scheduled to take place later this month. He has been in news for being one of the heaviest cricketers in the history of the game as he weighs 140 kgs. Cornwall has claimed 260 wickets in 55 first-class games at 23.90 apiece and scored 2,224 runs at 24.43.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Ricky Skerritt has come in defense of the regional selection committee’s decision to hand Cornwall a Test call and says that the uncapped allrounder will lose weight.
As per the quotes in Mid-Day, Skerritt said, “Rahkeem has been under the supervision of CWI-appointed strength and conditioning trainer, nutritionist, and coach. He is being managed with a concentrated plan wherein he will gradually lose weight and improve upon his fitness. He has been the most successful spinner in our first-class league and has earned his selection by taking many wickets at an economical rate.”
Cornwall’s maiden call-up to West Indies’ Test squad came after his phenomenal performances in domestic tournaments. During his selection, Robert Haynes, the interim head of West Indies’ selection panel, hailed the heavy-set player’s skills.
Praising the all-rounder, Haynes said, “Rahkeem has been performing consistently over a long period of time and has proven to be a match-winner, so we believe his elevation to the Test squad is merited at this time. We believe he can provide an attacking option to our bowling attack with his sharp turn and extra bounce. He can also lend a bit of depth to the batting, so we are looking forward to him coming into the squad and making a valuable contribution.”
The first Test between India and West Indies will be taking place at Cornwall’s home island of Antigua from August 22. The second will be played in Jamaica from August 30.