Former cricketers and broadcasters in Australia want Rahkeem Cornwall in Big Bash League 2020-21
Rahkeem Cornwall, the West Indian side’s 196-centimeter giant, took the social media by storm when he participated in his first Test on England shores last week. Although Rahkeem Cornwall made his Test debut in August last year against India, the Caribbean player has gained a massive surge in popularity over the last one week and has become a fan-favourite.
His sudden rise in popularity has seen rising murmurs of Rahkeem Cornwall landing a contract growing for the Big Bash League (BBL).
An article published by an Australian Daily has gagged views on Cornwall from a number of former Australian cricketers on whether he’s the right choice for a fast-paced tournament like BBL.
Shane Watson, who played in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) alongside Cornwall, bragged about Cornwall’s skills as a power hitter and a legitimate off-spinner, saying he could easily fit in.
Cricket Australia is preparing for this summer’s annual foreign player draft and this offered Rahkeem Cornwall the chance to potentially throw his hat into the ring.
BBL primary broadcasters Fox Sports iterated that they would love to see Rahkeem Cornwall play in the BBL, to inject some much-needed personality into the league.
Darren Lehmann, former Australian national-team coach, thinks that Rahkeem Cornwall can carry fans enthusiasm and potentially be the X-factor.
Although Rahkeem Cornwall did not get any breakthrough in the Manchester Test, in his short career the Antiguan off-spinner has already had Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s prized scalp.
Tim Nielsen, former Australian coach had once coached Rahkeem Cornwall in the CPL and he has rave reviews for this 27 years old youngster.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, the BBL is going to be a 61-match affair and the competition’s detractors have often argued it’s too long for the fans’ liking. With a player like Rahkeem Cornwall joining BBL’s fold, the fans wouldn’t mind the long competition.
The popularity of Cornwall can be gaged by the fact that there is one change.org petition doing the rounds on social media networks to get ‘Rahkeem Cornwall a BBL Contract.’