Barker: I’d be happy to play for Windies

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Seth Fran­cis

KEITH Barker has re­fused to close the door on play­ing for the West Indies – should the home of ca­lypso cricket come call­ing.

Barker has spent eight suc­cess­ful years at Edg­bas­ton play­ing for War­wick­shire, but the all­rounder is el­i­gi­ble to pull on ei­ther an Eng­land or a West Indies shirt.

His fa­ther, Keith Barker Snr, played first-class cricket for his na­tive Guyana and, though, at the age of 29, the Three Lions may look out of reach, the god­son of Clive Lloyd is leav­ing all doors ajar.

Barker, who played Non­League foot­ball be­fore tak­ing up cricket, said:“I’ve been asked it a lot over the years: would I play for Eng­land or the West Indies? But no one has ap­proached me about it.

“I’d be open to it (play­ing for the West Indies) ob­vi­ously. But it would be a pos­si­ble lifestyle change. I’d prob­a­bly have to up and move.

“I couldn’t just walk straight into the squad.You have to play so many games – and I’d have to per­form in them, too.”

Barker has taken 257 wick­ets in 70 County Cham­pi­onship games since 2012, with the all-rounder be­ing a main­stay in the War­wick­shire line-up.

But he knows that doesn’t au­to­mat­i­cally mean in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion will be com­ing his way.

Barker added:“I’ve no is­sue with not be­ing se­lected by Eng­land. They might see me only as be­ing a good county player and that’s fine as I never even thought I’d do that in the first place.

“I’m proud to have achieved what I have. I don’t want to look back think­ing I could have done more.

“If I was to be given some sort of recog­ni­tion in­ter­na­tion­ally, it would have most likely hap­pened by now. But if that means I fin­ish with­out ever play­ing at in­ter­na­tional level, I’d still be happy.” The ex­pe­ri­ence and abil­ity of Barker could be just what the West Indies Test team needs.We all know that the Windies’ re­cent fo­cus has been on the shorter for­mats of the game, but Barker’s re­li­a­bil­ity and fig­ures speak for them­selves. He de­serves a shot at in­ter­na­tional cricket, too

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