Gudakesh Motie has enjoyed tremendous success for Guyana at the Under-19 level over the past two years
By Avenash Ramzan
The Saqlain Mushtaq spin bowling clinic organised by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will commence this week with current and emerging West Indies players set to pick the brain of the former Pakistan off-spinner during the three-week camp.
One of those players looking to maximise the benefits of the clinic is 18-year-old left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie of the Albion Cricket Club.
Motie will join fellow clubmates, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, as the Guyanese selected for the stint with the 36-year-old Mushtaq in Barbados.
Speaking to this publication on Sunday afternoon, Motie said his expectations of the clinic are high, as his aim is to use it to take his game to the next level.
“I’m really looking forward to it, because this will help me to improve on my game and move to the next level,” the teenager said.
Motie said he will use the opportunity to gain some valuable tips from not only Mushtaq, but the other spinners who have been selected to participate in the sessions.
“This will certainly be a learning experience and I’m hoping to make maximum use of the time in Barbados rubbing shoulders with some of the best spinners in the region,” he pointed out.
Motie has represented Guyana at the youth level for several years now, dating back to 2007 when he made his debut as a pint-sized 11-year in the regional Under-15 tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.
He has played for Guyana four years at the Under-15 level, two years at the Under-17 level and another three at the Under-19 level. Motie has been in tremendous form Guyana in the regional Under-19 tournament over the past two years, finishing as the joint highest wicket-taker in 2012 with 27 victims in the three-day competition.
He continued with the fine form this year, copping a tournament-high 30 wickets in the three-day competition and another 10 in the 50-over version, ending as the third highest wicket-taker.
Improving skills level
Twelve (12) male spin bowlers from various age groups along with three West Indies Women’s players will participate in the three week clinic, which will commence on Tuesday.
The clinic has been organised at the request of West Indies Head Coach Ottis Gibson as part of the general upskilling of both active international players and players who are likely to come into contention for West Indies selection at various levels.
Those selected for the clinic are Devendra Bishoo, Jesse Bootan, Yannic Cariah, Bryan Charles, Akeem Dewar, Larry Edwards, Ramaal Lewis, Anisa Mohammed, Gudakesh Motie, Ashley Nurse, Veerasammy Permaul, Shaquana Quintyne, Shane Shillingford, Stafanie Taylor and Jomel Warrican.
Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree (participation in the Champions League T20) and Nikita Miller (pre-arranged personal engagement) were considered for participation in the clinic but are not available. Miller will depart with the West Indies A Limited Overs squad to India as scheduled.
Permaul and Nurse will leave the clinic on September 10 for departure to India with the West Indies A Limited Overs squad. Shillingford will depart the clinic on September 20 to join the West Indies A Team in India for the ‘Test’ series.
The participants were selected by the WICB Selection Panel, chaired by Clyde Butts. The clinic will conclude on September 21.
Mushtaq, widely regarded as the pioneer of the now famous ‘doosra’, played 49 Tests and 169 One Day Internationals, taking a total of 496 wickets over a nine-year international career. He also serves as spin bowling consultant to Bangladesh.
The WICB had attempted to engage legendary former West Indies spinner Lance Gibbs to co-facilitate the clinic, but he was unfortunately not available for personal reasons.