'Energy, passion, maximum effort, results' says Sammy
Gros Islet, St Lucia– West Indies skipper Darren Sammy is happy with his team’s performance in the Digicel T20 International on Thursday. The Windies new-look team played well from the start to beat Pakistan by seven runs before a colourful and vocal crowd at the Beausejour Cricket Grounds.
For Sammy it was a special and memorable occasion as he was leading the side for the first time on home soil and he was also playing in front his countrymen. The West Indies used five debutants in the first ever T20 International between the two nations. They batted first and posted 151. The visitors were then restricted to 143-9 off their 20 overs.
“This is a really good way to start at home. We planned well and the players went out and executed. Things went well and I’m happy for the team. We have a new-look team and we saw the players showing the energy and passion we asked for. They put in the maximum effort and we got the result,” Sammy said.
“We have to continue to play as a team. We created some great opportunities and we took them. The batsmen gave us a good total to bowl at and the bowlers followed up well. The fielding was outstanding and you could see the total commitment in the outfield. We’re happy with the positive start.”
The West Indies will now look ahead to the five-match Digicel One-Day International Series which bowls off on Saturday at the same venue. First ball is 9.30 am (8.30 am Jamaica Time). The Windies will have a training session on Friday morning in preparation for the match.
“The ODIs will be a different kind of challenge. Pakistan are a good one-day team and are confident following their good showing at the World Cup in Asia. We have to continue playing as a team and showing the confidence and self belief we demonstrated out there today. We have to keep winning the situations within the game and benefit from the opportunities we create,” Sammy said.
“I know we have players that can do the job. Today we saw how Simmons batted on his return to the team. We saw how well Bishoo bowled and won it for us. At the end there, Russell bowled an excellent last over. I looked into his eyes and saw he could do it. I could see he would do the job for us.”
Squad for 1st and 2nd Digicel ODIs: Darren Sammy (Captain), Dwayne Bravo (Vice Captain), Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Anthony Martin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Devon Smith
Team Management Unit: Ottis Gibson (Head Coach), Richie Richardson (Team Manager), David Williams (Assistant Coach), Desmond Haynes (Batting Consultant), C.J. Clark (Physiotherapist), Hector Martinez Charles (Strength & Conditioning Co-ordinator), Richard Berridge (Video & Statistical Analyst), Philip Spooner (Media Manager), Virgil Browne (Massage Therapist)
Digicel Series Schedule
Digicel ODI Series
April 23: First Digicel ODI – Beausejour Cricket Ground
April 25: Second Digicel ODI – Beausejour Cricket Ground
April 28: Third Digicel ODI – Kensington Oval
May 2: Fourth Digicel ODI – Kensington Oval
May 5: Fifth Digicel ODI – Guyana National Stadium
May 8-9: Two-day practice match – Bourda Cricket Ground
May 12-16: First Digicel Test – Guyana National Stadium
May 20-24: Second Digicel Test – Warner Park