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Badree eyeing a West Indies call-up

By RENALDO MATADEEN Friday, May 4 2012

POWERGEN skipper Samuel Badree, is still hoping his performances will gain him a West Indian call-up this year.

He was the recipient of a PowerGen Appreciation Award for his services and contributions to cricket, at the Courtyard Marriot Hotel, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

Badrie was honoured with the award for “Most Economical Bowler in T20 History” after grabbing 38 wickets at an impressive economy rate of 4.4.

With a bowling average of 15.50, Badree has surprisingly not been able to make the West Indies limited-overs and T20 teams recently, with selectors opting for Sunil Narine.

Narine is being touted for the One-Day squad for England this June but Badree said he will keep working on his Windies aspirations for the New Zealand visit come July.

“I’m a bit disappointed to be left out recently but my call-up is out of my control.

All I can do is keep performing at my best and one day, maybe the West Indies dream will come true.

“I will keep turning in good performances for my club and country until that time,” he stated.

Badree was pivotal in helping the “Red Force” defend their Caribbean T20 title this year with his stifling bowling.

He praised Ravi Rampaul and Shannon Gabriel for their inclusion for the England tour and believes that Trinidad and Tobago will keep producing key bowlers from the domestic circuit.

He affirmed his commitment to developing local cricket and admitted he was warmed by PowerGen’s gesture.

The leg spinner was appreciative and full of praise for his club and coach Baldath Bodoe labelling him “a tireless stalwart.”

He said his priority was PowerGen’s domestic campaign in the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) National Premier Division.

With three games remaining this season, he is looking to dent Queen’s Park title-charge this weekend. “Queen’s Park is tough but after we won last week (against Clarke Road), I think we can win our three final games and march to the title. It’s a tight race but we have players such as Evin (Lewis), Gregory Mahabir and youngster Jovan (Ali) to help our cause,” he added.

Badree revealed that since Queen’s Park beat them in the 50 over final in March, they are hoping home advantage will help them exact revenge against the Parkites.

He concluded by expressing the hope he would catch the eyes in the 2012 Nokia T20 Champions League this summer as well.

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