Santokie wants in
KINGSTON – Left-arm pacer Krishmar Santokie is hoping that his performances for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the just-concluded Limacol Caribbean Premier League will help him to gain a berth in the West Indies senior team.
Santokie, who was named Player of the Tournament after taking 16 wickets to end as the leading wicket-taker, made the disclosure at the weekend shortly following his team’s seven-wicket loss to Jamaica Tallawahs in the final at Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago.
“It’s a very memorable and prestigious moment for me to be named Player of the Tournament,” said Santokie.
“I have been trying to get the award ever since the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament started a few years aback, and, in my eyes, it has been very close.
“It has happened, however, 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.”
Santokie, who also claimed the leading wicket taker title in 2012 and finished third in this year’s staging of the now-defunct Caribbean Twenty20, has represented the West Indies in Twenty20 internationals, the last of which was two years ago.
He made his debut at The Oval in England in 2011 during a Tri-Nation series, which included the hosts and Australia, and claimed a commendable one for 17 off three overs after opening the bowling.
His performance helped West Indies beat England to a 25-run win. He, however, did not perform particularly up to par in the second game of the group stage against Australia ending with figures of one for 27 off three overs.
Since then, however, the 28-year-old has had several good displays in regional Twenty20 and Super50 tournaments sparking calls for the Clarendon native to be given another opportunity.
Santokie, who finished the tournament with an impressive economy rate of 6.22, a wicket strike rate of 13.1, and an average of 13.6 said he was disappointed that his team lost the final.
“I am a bit disappointed that my team did not bring it across the line,” said Santokie, who finished the game with none for 31 off his maximum four overs.
Tallawahs made 129 for three off 17.3 overs in reply to Amazon Warriors 128 for five off their maximum 20 overs.
Santokie, who earlier this year represented Khulna Royal Bengals in the Bangladesh Premier League, was selected late in the pre-tournament player draft by members of the Amazon Warriors selection panel, which included head coach Roger Harper and assistant coach Curtly Ambrose.