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.”