Tallawahs hopeful spinner Zahir Khan can rescue struggling bowling attack

By September 12, 2019

If passed fit, Afghanistan leg spinner Zahir Khan could start for the Jamaica Tallawahs when they take on the St.Lucia Zouks at Sabina Park on Thursday night.

The Tallawahs will be hoping that the 20-year-old Khan can help reverse the fortunes of the Jamaican franchise who lost their first two matches of the competition, going down to TKR and the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, respectively.

The latter was perhaps the more disconcerting of the two losses as after making 241 for 4 against the Patriots at Warner Park on Tuesday, with Chris Gayle scoring 116, his 22nd T20 hundred, the Tallawahs failed to defend the total, losing by four wickets with seven balls to spare. 

Coach Donovan Miller said Khan, who arrived in the island on Thursday, would be up for selection as the team is looking at making changes to the bowling attack.

“We have Zahir Khan which will strengthen our bowling. If he is fit, he will be considered for selection. We have young Derval Greene on the bench, so he is also an option,” Miller said.

Rovman Powell, who captained the team against the Patriots said while it is not time yet to panic, the bowling attack seems to be struggling.

“I have to be honest; the bowling is a bit of a concern. It is still something that we have to pay attention to,” he said while referring to the team’s inability to defend what was seen as a match-winning total.

“They scored 240 runs off 18.5 overs, which is ridiculous. Going forward it is just for us to keep improving, keeping nailing our Yorkers, keep going to our skill sets a little bit earlier. We did not do that yesterday (Tuesday).

“Let’s not panic; just continue to do the things we have done right and hopefully the bowling unit will come good.”

Miller said the bowling attack has so far failed to fire in the competition but hopefully they will get things right during the home series that begins on Thursday night.

“We planned, we assessed, we knew that it was going to be a good wicket,” he said of the match at Warner Park in St. Kitts.

“We just didn’t execute well on the day but these things do happen in cricket. We just have to go back to the drawing board again. The good thing is we play again tomorrow (Thursday) so have got a chance to go out and get those skills right.”


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