Sammy urges Windies to remain hungry
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Captain Darren Sammy has cautioned against complacency as West Indies prepare to face Bangladesh in a Test and one-day series they are expected to win easily.
West Indies leave here Saturday for Dhaka where they contest two Tests and five one-dayers against the lowly ranked Bangladeshis, between November 8 and December 10. They also play a one-off Twenty20 International.
Bangladesh prop up the nine-nation Test rankings where West Indies lie seventh and are also ninth of 13 teams in the one-day tables, with the Windies against seventh.
“We’ve just got to stay hungry. We can’t keep thinking because we won the T20 World Cup that we’ve turned the corner. We’ve still got to put in the hard work and all the stuff coach (Ottis) Gibson has been trying to implement since he came on board,” Sammy told reporters here.
“We’ve got to keep working hard. Bangladesh in Bangladesh is always a difficult place for us or for any team. We expect to beat them so we’ve got to keep the momentum and do the things we’ve doing for the last six months.”
Last year on the subcontinent, West Indies beat Bangladesh 1-0 in a two-Test series and also took the three-match one-day series 2-1.
It made amends for the ill-fated 2009 home tour when West Indies, depleted by a rancorous strike by senior players, lost both Tests and all three one-dayers.
Now with a fully staffed squad, Sammy believes once players assume the right frame of mind, a series victory will be assured.
“It’s the mindset,” he stressed. “If we go to Bangladesh and we out in hard work that we’ve been putting in for the last two years where we were competing against the higher ranked teams … if we continue in the same vein as against New Zealand we should be ok.”
Since the abysmal tour of England earlier this year, West Indies have flourished, comprehensively beating New Zealand in the Caribbean before winning the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka last month.
Despite their new found international fame, Sammy brushed aside suggestions this could prove a distraction.
“I don’t think there will be added pressure [because of the T20 World Cup success],” he contended.
“Once you’re in a series, there is always pressure involved. Our duty is go out there and continue what we started against New Zealand. Last year in Bangladesh, we won the Test and the one-day series and we lost the only T20 there so we’re looking to better that on this trip.”
He added: “Obviously after the (T20 World Cup) win those who watched on tv could really see we played as a team … but it has not been only in the T20s, this is something that has been shown for the last few years.
“We have always had a good team spirit. Guys respect each other in the dressing room and I just expect that to continue. Hopefully the success of the T20 team can filter down to Test and one-day cricket.”