Manager Gibbs pleased with showing at camp

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- As the West Indies players continued their preparation for the ICC Champions Trophy, Team Manager Lance Gibbs, said he is extremely impressed with the level of commitment and determination being displayed. The team has been in a week-long camp at Kensington Oval as they get ready for the international tournament, which will be played in South Africa later this month.

“They are mentally fit and ready to go. They’ve done an extremely good job over the last week that we’ve been here and they’ve worked hard,” said Gibbs, who took 309 Test wickets with his off-spin bowling. “I am particularly pleased from the training that we’re doing and from the performance they’re putting in and I think it shows there is strength there in the West Indies.”

The players have been working around the clock to get ready for the challenging assignment. They have been doing, fitness and conditioning drills, match simulations, personal development sessions, beach sessions, mental skills sessions, as well as three-hour sessions in the nets every day.

“I am particularly impressed with the camp. It has been hard work but the boys are enjoying it and doing all that is asked of them… they have really done a lot ... they have been training hard. This team is hungry, eager and willing to stamp their authority on the game and I don’t want to hear them being called a second-string team. This is a West Indian team.”

The West Indies players leave from Barbados on Saturday. They arrive in South Africa on Monday and will have another camp in Potchefstroom 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 Windies 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).