Retired West Indies fast bowler Tino Best says he is ready to bowl as hard as he can after signing a short term deal with English County Cricket club Hampshire.
Best officially signed for the club yesterday and will provide cover for fellow Barbadian pacer Fidel Edwards. Edwards will be out for the rest of the season after tearing ankle ligaments last week.
“I’m like a kid in a candy store,” Best told BBC Radio Solent.
“I’m really blessed to have this opportunity and I’m ready to bowl as hard as I can.”
Best has not played English County cricket in six years, having last appeared for Yorkshire in 2010 and has not appeared for the regional team since 2014. Despite that, however, the bowler remained keen to emulate the exploits of former West Indies greats.
“I’m just relishing the opportunity to play for the same county as West Indies greats like [Malcolm] Marshall and [Gordon] Greenidge,” Best said.
“I’ve always been a student of the game. Cricket’s my first love and it’s what pays the bills,” he added.
“The key with fast bowling is it’s all about fitness. It’s all about working hard and that desire will never leave me,” he said.