Krishmar Santokie hoping for West Indies recall after outstanding CPL season

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“I think it’s just a matter of time for me and I’ll be running out with the West Indian colours again”

Jamaica left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie is eyeing an international comeback after he believes he impressed the national selectors with his performance in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Santokie, who represented the Guyana Amazon Warriors during the inaugural edition of the tournament, was the highest wicket-taker with 16 wickets in nine matches, which came at a jaw-dropping average of 13.68.

He was subsequently named the player of the tournament for his outstanding performances with the ball.

The 28-year-old made his Twenty20 International debut against England in 2011 and since then, he has only played one more match, which came against Sri Lanka in March 2012, before he permanently lost his place in the national team.

“I remember saying that the CPL would be the launching pad for me to [get back into] the West Indies scene and now I’m eager to see what happens (next),” he said. “It’s been nice to reach the T20 summit finally, as I’ve been aiming for this for a long time and now, I hope it forces me back into international cricket.

“The player-of-the-tournament award has happened in this historic CPL, which is great for me and my career, and I hope it opens up new doors for me with regards to the West Indies, and worldwide.”

Coined as an all-rounder when he first made his international debut, Santokie’s failure to score runs and take wickets led to a rapid downfall.

Santokie now finds himself trailing behind players like Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy.

However, despite his earlier setbacks, Santokie has produced some exceptional performances with the ball and he hopes that will earn him a spot in the national team when they tour New Zealand in December.

Santokie also revealed that he received some much-needed “backing” from Guyana assistant coach Curtly Ambrose, who helped the 28-year-old with his technique and called for him to be reinstated in the national team.

“I’m glad for that kind of backing,” Santokie said. “It helps my confidence. I think it’s just a matter of time for me and I’ll be running out with the West Indian colours again.”

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