The West Indies selectors should consider handing Windward Islands star Keron Cottoy a maiden international call-up for the approaching ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Windies recently pulled off a stunning 2-0 Test series win in Bangladesh despite the absence of several senior players, including regular skipper Jason Holder.
A second-string ODI side were hammered 3-0 by the Tigers, though, with only left-arm orthodox bowler Akeal Hosein standing out for the tourists.
Yet, a ranking of ninth in the one-day format shows that West Indies are short of form even when they do have a full complement of players.
Given that and with the next World Cup still two and a half years away, now is the time to experiment by trying out new players.
And, with a three-match series against Sri Lanka recently confirmed for March, there’s an opportunity for selectors to reward standout performers from the ongoing Super50 Cup.
One such player is Windward Islands Volcanoes all-rounder, Keron Cottoy.
Cottoy is a left-handed middle-order batsman who is a good athlete in the field and also a handy leg-spinner.
The 31-year-old University of West Indies graduate is something of a late bloomer, as shown by his underwhelming numbers in regional cricket.
For example, prior to the current edition of the Super50 Cup, he had never scored a List A half-century.
However, he’s been the Windward Islands’ best player so far in the tournament, with his innings of 64 and dismissal of Fabian Allen key to a big win over Jamaica Scorpions.
Cottoy also scored a classy 72 against a star-studded Trinidad and Tobago Red Force bowling attack, showing his ability to pace an innings and score all around the ground.
In his first appearance in the tournament, against the Leeward Islands, he only managed nine with the bat but took 2-52 from nine overs.
Cottoy is far from a household name and he’s had more failures than successes on the domestic circuit since making his List A debut way back in 2010.
Yet, he looks like a player who has finally worked out his own game and the West Indies selectors should seriously consider selecting him as something of a wildcard pick to face Sri Lanka.