Daniel Vet­tori

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Seth Fran­cis

The for­mer Kiwi spin­ner is named Mid­dle­sex T20 coach

GLOUCESTERSHIRE all­rounder Benny How­ell is hop­ing he can earn him­self a place in the Eng­land set-up af­ter get­ting a taste for cricket away from th­ese shores.

How­ell, 28, re­cently played in the Bangladesh Premier League, start­ing the com­pe­ti­tion on the side­lines, be­fore be­com­ing a main­stay of the Khulna Ti­tans fran­chise, play­ing a key role in their last five matches.

This fol­lowed on from a suc­cess­ful T20 Blast, where he was Gloucestershire’s lead­ing wicket taker, and he took five wick­ets at 21 for the Ti­tans, in­clud­ing the prized scalp of Pak­istani leg­end Shahid Afridi.

How­ever, it wasn’t enough for the side with the Ti­tans fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the league stage be­fore be­ing knocked out in the semi­fi­nals.

And now, hav­ing im­pressed in Bangladesh, How­ell be­lieves that prov­ing him­self in T20 leagues around the world can pro­vide a step­ping stone to achiev­ing his dream of play­ing for Eng­land.

He said: “I think com­pe­ti­tions like the BPL are prob­a­bly my best chance of get­ting to the next level. I can only see the BPL grow­ing and if I can get the chance to play in other leagues as well then hope­fully they can be a plat­form to in­ter­na­tional cricket.

“It was a big learn­ing curve both on and off the pitch. The big­gest chal­lenge ini­tially was try­ing to stay fo­cused when I wasn’t in the team.

“I de­cided to keep my head down and be pro­fes­sional and it paid off be­cause the coaches told me they rated my at­ti­tude and I got my chance in the end.

“Be­cause of the se­cu­rity is­sues we weren’t al­lowed out­side the ho­tel apart from for train­ing or matches so we had a lot of time on our hands which was tough.

“The other over­seas play­ers were in the same boat and we all got on well so it wasn’t too bad.”

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