You a-go tired fe see me face;
Can’t get me out of the race.
Oh, man, you said I’m in your place
And then you draw bad cyard
A-make you draw bad cyard,
And then you draw bad cyard.
Bob Marley — Draw Bad Cyard
Fabian Allen, unlike many of the other regional players, is unheralded, unsung, uncelebrated and some pundits would say — the invisible man.
However, Allen can take comfort in the words of Marley — You a-go tired fe see me face; Can’t get me out of the race.
Allen, the 23-year-old former West Indies Under-19 left-arm spin all-rounder, has been making strides and creating a name for himself locally since his formative years at Vere Technical High School.
As a schoolboy, he created national history by scoring 338 runs, which is the highest ever individual score in rural schoolboy cricket, surpassing the 325 made by Eltham High’s Shacoya Thomas.
He was also named RJR Communications Group 2012 Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year.
He made his first-class debut for Jamaica in the 2016–17 Regional Four Day Competition on 25 November 2016.
Prior to his first-class debut, he was part of the West Indies squad for the 2014 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
The former West Indies Under-19 left-arm spin all-rounder playing in his maiden first-class fixture claimed three for 34 in Jamaica Scorpions’ matchup against Barbados Pride.
He also helped Jamaica Scorpions to pull off a draw by lashing an aggressive half-century against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.
Additionally, he played a few other cameo innings for Jamaica Scorpions each time he was called on to perform.
So far, he has played 12 First-class, 6 List A, and 5 T20 matches with highest scores of 169, 62, and 64 not outs, respectively.
His strike rate of 188.88 in T20s also suggests that he is no tortoise, albeit Picasso-like in shots all over the park.
Moreover, in the same formats, within the bowling department, he boasts economy rates of 3.05, 4.86, and 7.90 with best figures of 4 for 47 in the First-class form.
Today, Allen is relishing the idea of donning the Windies colors in short order.
He sees the upcoming Regional Super50 competition as an opportunity to create havoc with both bat and ball and make a favorable impression on the Windies selectors.
He disclosed in an interview on SportsMax.TV that he believes he knows what he needs to do to kick the door in.
“Going forward in the Super50 I am trying to be patient, consistent with what I am doing. I have always wanted to play for West Indies, so you’re going to keep your belief. I am pretty confident,” he said.
He also opines that the Scorpions can compete with the best teams this year even with all of the ‘big’ stars making themselves available for this year’s competition.
“All of the players are here, so you’re going to go up against the best, but the Scorpions are a good strong team, so we are looking to win,” he said, confident, again, that he can transfer his form from the CPL where he scored valuable runs for the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, over into the Super 50.
“I look to play all forms of cricket, so 50 overs going to be pretty decent. I am always looking to go as high as possible. I am looking to reach the West Indies,” he said.
“It’s all about confidence and expressing yourself. If you don’t have confidence, I don’t think you should in the park. You should have confidence, select your shots, play each ball on merit and try to score.”
There is no doubt that if Allen plays to his full potential, he will be a force to be reckoned with in the Windies cricket set up.
However, only time will tell whether he is a thoroughbred or not — fans will be watching!
Edited by J. C.
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