Shillingford is focussed, has our full support, says Gibson

Colombo, Sri Lanka – West Indies Head Coach Ottis Gibson and the West Indies Team has given full support to off-spinner Shane Shillingford. Gibson spoke on Sunday after the Windies had a training session at Singhalese Sports Club.

Gibson said: “I had a very good chat with Shane and he understands what is going on. We are 100 percent behind Shane. The entire team is behind him and he knows he has our full support. Our job is to keep Shane focussed on the upcoming match and the Series.

“From what we have been told, he can play and he comes into our thinking as normal, as we look ahead to the match. We are building towards doing well in the 2nd Test, as we did in the 1st Test. As a team we are looking forward to the upcoming match. Shane bowled very well for us in the last Test and he’s a key part of our bowling unit.”

On Saturday, the International Cricket Council announced that Shillingford had been reported with a suspected illegal bowling action during the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka which ended in Galle on Friday.

The 27-year-old, who had figures of 33.2-3-123-4 and 30-4-79-1 in his fourth Test match, was reported after the end of the Test by on-field umpires Steve Davis of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and Richard Kettleborough of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires, along with TV umpire Asad Rauf, also from the elite panel, and fourth umpire Tyron Wijewardene.

The 2nd ERI Test match will be played at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. First ball is Tuesday at 10 am (12.30 am Eastern Caribbean Time/11.30 pm Monday Jamaica Time).