Gibson backs young brigade
Dhaka, Bangladesh – West Indies Head Coach Ottis Gibson believes the young brigade have the ability to deliver in a big way in the upcoming series against Bangladesh. The West Indies selectors have included a number of exciting young players in the squads for the limited-overs and Test matches and on Tuesday Gibson gave the youngsters his full support.
Gibson outlined: “Some of the youngsters have taken the opportunity and done very well for us. As we continue to build for the future, we build around those young guys and some of the senior guys. We believe we are building a team and we are seeing signs of improvement from the players. I know they are all capable and ready to take this opportunity.”
The limited-overs squad includes four players on their first overseas tour – openers Danza Hyatt and Kieran Powell, allrounder Carlos Brathwaite, and leg-spinner Anthony Martin. Fast bowling allrounder Andre Russell and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo have both done very well in their first year at the international level.
Bishoo, the ICC Emerging Player of the Year for 2011, and Powell are also in the Test squad along with teenaged opener Kraigg Brathwaite and Kirk Edwards, who made a century on Test debut against India at Windsor Park in Dominica in July.
Gibson spoke as the Windies held an afternoon training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur. They will be back at the Bangladesh Cricket Board Academy on Thursday morning for nets and a fielding session. Looking ahead to the series, the Head Coach noted that everyone is well aware Bangladesh can pose a strong challenge in their home conditions.
“We understand that in the Bangladeshi line-up they have several left-arm spinners, so that obviously means they will be counting heavily on their slow bowlers. We were in Dubai last week preparing and we had the opportunity to play against some good spinners there,” Gibson said.
“A lot of our discussions and our training methods are geared toward combating spin bowling. Everyone knows that Bangladesh, in these conditions, will be tough but we believe we have done the work that will enable us to do well against their bowlers in these conditions.”
The tour bowls off Friday with a 50-over warm-up match against the BCB XI at Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium at Narayanganj. First ball is 9 am (11 pm Thursday Eastern Caribbean Time/10 pm Jamaica Time).
Limited-over squad: Darren Sammy (Captain), Adrian Barath, Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Danza Hyatt, Anthony Martin, Kieron Pollard, Keiran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons
Test squad: Darren Sammy (Captain), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Kirk Edwards, Keiran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford
October 7: vs BCB at KSOAS
October 9: warm-up match at KSOAS
October 11: Twenty20 International at SBNCS
October 13: 1st ODI at SBNCS
October 15: 2nd ODI at SBNCS
October 18: 3rd ODI at ZACS
October 21-25: 1st Test at ZACS
October 29-November 3: 2nd Test at SBNCS
NCAG – National Cricket Academy Ground, Dhaka
KSOAS – Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Narayanganj
SBNCS – She-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
ZACS – Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong