Cottrell will stay the same, IPL or no – West Indies coach

By December 30, 2019
Sheldon Cottrell Sheldon Cottrell

West Indies coach Phil Simmons is not be concerned that the life-changing contract awarded to Sheldon Cottrell to play for the Kings XI Punjab in this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL) will impact his cricket.

The left-arm paceman was snapped up during the IPL auction for US$1.2 million, making him one of the most expensive players this season.

Cottrell earned his place among the elites of T20 cricket after a year in which he bagged 30 wickets from 23 One-Day Internationals and 14 from 12 T20 Internationals.

Even a disastrous World Cup campaign for the West Indies did little to stop his momentum, the pacer collecting 12 scalps despite.  

“It will definitely be life-changing for anyone who gets a million dollars to play cricket,” said Simmons, a former Windies all-rounder.

“I don’t think it’s career-changing because I think he knows where he’s at with West Indies cricket and he’s the premier fast bowler right now in West Indies cricket in white-ball cricket.

“So I definitely don’t think it will be career-changing but definitely life-changing to anyone.”

Cottrell will join two other left-handers from the West Indies, veteran opener Chris Gayle and another batsman of rising repute in Nicholas Pooran.

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