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Jeff Miller mulls significant changes to Jamaica Tallawahs for 2020 CPL

By October 28, 2019
Jeff Miller mulls significant changes to Jamaica Tallawahs for 2020 CPL CPL

The Jamaica Tallawahs are planning changes amidst an overhaul to the team that finished at the bottom of the CPL table last season.

The two-time champions finished at the bottom of the six-team table after a season highlighted by poor bowling, dropped catches, inconsistent batting and injuries.

“Any time you finish at the bottom of the table you definitely going to have some changes so we will have some changes,” Miller told Sportsmax.TV on Tuesday, emphasising that the bowling was of particular concern.

“We have to look at some quality bowlers, especially spin bowlers.  If you are going to proceed to the playoffs you need to have quality spin bowling, especially a leg spinner so I will be in the market looking for those players,” he said.

“Our bowling really needed some help this year. It was visible on the field. That’s one of the things that we will be focussed on going forward. We need to have quality bowlers, consistent bowlers in the beginning, in the middle and at the end, especially at the end.”

But the bowling department is not the only area that will be looked at during the offseason.

 “Glen (Phillips) was the highlight of our batting this year. He has been our consistent player for the last three years, but we are looking at reassessing from one down to number 11,” said Miller, who said that other factors were at play as well.

“There were a number of factors. Any time you lose Andre Russell and Rovman Powell in the line-up you’re going to have some problems replacing those two world-class players. That contributed a lot to our tournament this year and we also had a number of other injuries, but look, we ended up at the bottom of the table so the only way we can go now is up,” said Miller.

Miller noted that the magnitude of the changes he is considering will depend largely on what players become available in the 2020 CPL Draft but until that is known it is still unclear how he will proceed.

“I cant say at this time (what the changes will be) I have to wait and see what players are going to be in the draft. I say, look, we were number six in the tournament this year, it gives us the ability to have the number-one and number-two picks next year, so we will utilize those picks in the best interest of the Tallawahs.”

 

 

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