Chairman of selectors believes West Indies capable

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua -- Chairman of West Indies cricket selectors, Clyde Butts, believes the team selected for the upcoming tour of Canada and the International Cricket Council’s Champions Trophy 08, is capable of facing the challenges ahead.

Speaking after the squad was announced on Tuesday, Butts noted that the tri-nation series is going to be used as preparation for the Champions Trophy, slated for September 12 to 28 in Pakistan. The tournament in Canada, which will also include Bermuda, will be played from August 18 to 24 at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club.

“The tour of Canada is an opportunity to get together and build team spirit. It is the ideal time to look at tactical awareness and allow the players to become familiar with what is needed. I see it as a good build-up,” Butts said.

Looking ahead to the International Cricket Council’s Champions Trophy 08, Butts spoke of a “major challenge”, but also “major opportunities”.

“The trip to Pakistan will be a major challenge but we are capable of playing really good cricket and I have faith in the players that they can deliver. I believe we can compete with the best in the world,” Butts said.
“The team we have selected is not the most experienced in the world, but we have players who are capable of doing great things on the world stage. Major challenges present major opportunities for the players and they are well aware.”

The team includes two newcomers, Leon Johnson, a former West Indies Under-19 captain, and Brendan Nash, who was born in Australia, before he moved to Jamaica.
“Nash has had a wonderful time since coming to Caribbean. He is a solid batsman, steady bowler, and excellent fielder. Johnson had a very good regional tournament and was consistent. We believe they will both fit in and do very well,” Butts said.

Match schedule for tri-nation series
(All matches to be played at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario)
Monday, August 18 – Canada v Bermuda
Wednesday, August 20 - Bermuda v West Indies
Friday, August 22 – Canada v West Indies
Sunday, August 24 – Final