Gibson backs Narine for ODIs
KHULNA, BANGLADESH - West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson has backed mystery spinner Sunil Narine to come good in the just to begin five-match One Day International series against Bangladesh, which gets underway in Khulna, on Friday, November 30, 2012.
The 24-year-old, who shot into limelight with an impressive limited-overs series against Australia, followed by a successful IPL stint with Kolkata Knight Riders and a stunning series against lacklustre New Zealand, struggled to make an impact during West Indies’ 2-0 Test series whitewash over Bangladesh.
The Trinidad spinner picked up just three wickets while conceding 343 runs in the two-Test series in spin-friendly sub-continental conditions, against the lowly ranked Bangladesh side.
Admitting Narine’s struggle in the Test leg of the itinerary, the Windies coach said that it was not a big issue and hoped for the emerging offie to come good in the ODIs.
"The Bangladesh players have gone after him a bit," said Gibson during a media encounter on the eve of the first ODI, at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna. "It's not a massive concern but it is obviously something we keep an eye on. We are not really concerned at this stage."
"I think he's got a unique sort of action. His mystery is with his fingers. He has to continue to believe in that because this is what got him here," the visiting head coach went on to add.
West Indies attack, meanwhile, has been hit by a huge blow with their frontline pacer Tino Best being ruled out of the one-day series due to a hamstring injury.
"It is unfortunate that Tino will be leaving, after he came back and bowled so well in the second innings of this game," Gibson added.
The Barbados fast bowler, who was the leading wicket taker in the two-Test series, with 12 scalps from four innings, picked up the injury in the initial stages of the second Test.
However, he managed to bowl in Bangladesh’s both innings, claiming a six-wicket haul in the second innings, to help the tourists complete the 2-0 whitewash with a ten-wicket win. Uncapped Jason Holder replaces Best in the Windies ODI and T20 squads.