BARBADIAN BOWLER OFF TO LORDS, FELLOW COUNTRYMAN POSSIBLE CHOICE FOR YORKSHIRE
Digicel Cricket says – Former West Indies left arm seamer Pedro Collins has signed a one season deal with Middlesex for the 2010 English County Season while his Barbadian teammate Tino Best is likely to join the Yorkshire squad.
The 33 year old Collins who last played for the Windies in 2006 and who was previously on the Surrey roster will switch London allegiance from the Oval to Lords and join retired New Zealand pacer Iain O’Brien and the newest England pacer Steve Finn.
Collins had been selected to play for the Windies in 2008 against Sri Lanka in the Caribbean but he declined the offer to take up a contract with Surrey as his selection was for a solitary Test match with no guarantee of continued selection.
Best’s possible move to Yorkshire follows New Zealander Daryl Tuffey’s hand injury which has ruled him out of starting the season for Yorkshire. Initially Best will only be required for the early part of the season as Tuffey was signed up to replace Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris while Harris participated in the IPL.
However Harris is likely to be included in the Australian squad for the ICC World Twenty20 thereby allowing Best a prolonged stay.
Best impressed Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon during the county side’s pre-season tour of Barbados.
In the meantime Jamaican wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh is actively seeking an English contract of his own.
Former England player and coach turned commentator David Lloyd recently tweeted that Baugh was looking for an English contract to pursue his trade. Lloyd indicated that he had been informed by commentary colleague Michael Holding – the former Windies fast bowling great – that Baugh is interested in playing in England.
However Baugh may be included in the West Indies 15 man squad for the ICC World Twenty20 which is slated for April 30th to March 16th in the Caribbean. Incumbent wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin has been underperforming and Baugh could displace him for the global tournament.