West Indies cricket standout Powell eyes switch


MIAMI: Kieran Powell, a 25-year-old West Indies cricketer, has worked out before a host of Major League Baseball scouts in hopes of switching sport. In 2012 Powell, a left-handed opener, became the first West Indies player to hit two centuries in a Test since Brian Lara, scoring 117 & 110 against Bangladesh. But after being replaced in a players dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board, Powell took his talents from the Caribbean to Florida and began training for a career in the American pastime, a longshot given he was starting two decades after many of the sport’s stars began playing the game. Powell conducted workouts last week for the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers and 12 major league teams scouted him Wednesday at IMG Academy in Bradenton, including the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs.



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