West Indies put in hard work on opening day

POTCHESFSTROOM, South Africa -- The West Indies players got down to the hard work at hand as they had an intense first day at their preparation camp in South Africa.

The team arrived on Monday, and on Tuesday morning they went directly to the excellent facilities at Senwes Park in Potchesfstroom for a morning net session followed by fielding drills in the afternoon and gym work in the evening. The team will have a similar programme on Wednesday.

The team is in South Africa for the International Cricket Council’s Champions Trophy Tournament – a short, snappy limited-overs event which features the top eight nations in world cricket. Looking ahead, Captain Floyd Reifer outlined that the aim at the camp was be to put in the hard work and have a good build-up.

“We are looking to continue thee work we did at the camp in Barbados and have a really good build-up to the ICC Champions Trophy. This is a good chance for the players to put in the work required and get a feel of the conditions,” Reifer said.

“Eyes will be on the West Indies but we are going to go out there and play for the six million people of the Caribbean. These people love cricket, they love West Indies cricket and we are going to go out there and play for those people. We don’t have to prove a point to anyone. We’re just going to go out there and play hard for the people of the Caribbean.”

The camp in Potchesfstroom runs until September 16. The team will then have warm-up matches against South Africa (September 18) and Sri Lanka (September 20). The West Indies are drawn alongside Pakistan, Australia and India in Group A of the Champions Trophy and all the West Indies matches will be played at The Wanderers in Johannesburg. In the first round: vs Pakistan (September 23), vs Australia (September 26), vs India (September 30).