Rahkeem Cornwall: 140-kg uncapped allrounder will lose weight, predicts Cricket West Indies chief
Rahkeem Cornwall2 has 260 wickets in 55 first-class games at 23.90. © AFP

Uncapped spin-bowling allrounder Rahkeem Cornwall was named by West Indies in their squad for the two-Test series at home versus India later this month.

The 26-year-old, who weighs 140kg, earned his maiden call-up to a senior West Indies side last week. Cornwall has claimed 260 wickets in 55 first-class games at 23.90 apiece and scored 2,224 runs at 24.43.

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Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Ricky Skerritt has defended the regional selection committee’s decision to hand Cornwall a Test call and says that the uncapped allrounder will lose weight.

“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,” Skerritt was quoted as saying by Mid-Day. “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.”

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Cornwall’s call-up to West Indies’ Test squad came after impressive performances in domestic tournaments.

When the squad was announced last week, Robert Haynes, the interim head of West Indies’ selection panel, hailed the heavy-set player’s skills.

“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,” said Haynes. “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 starts on on Cornwall’s home island of Antigua from August 22. The second is in Jamaica from August 30.