West Indies confident as they start against Pakistan

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The West Indies players are eagerly looking forward to their all-important opening match in the ICC Champions Trophy 2009. The Windies will start against Pakistan at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Wednesday at 2.30 pm in the day/night contest (8.30 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time/7.30 am Jamaica Time).

Speaking after Tuesday training session Captain Floyd Reifer said the team would be brave and confident in their approach and would “not be playing names”.

“We enjoy the conditions and pitches in South Africa and are looking to do well. Improving our game is a serious matter to us and will take every opportunity to win,” Reifer said. “We know Pakistan is a very good team with some very good players but we won’t be playing names. We believe in our ability and we will be looking to play well in all three departments – batting, bowling and fielding.”

The Captain added: “There is a nervous energy in the camp but we are not scared of anyone. Once we get out onto the field and get going that nervous energy will transfer to positive energy. We have watched Pakistan a lot on the television and on video analysis and we have had several meeting where we have planned our strategy. We have been able to come up with some tactics but they have never watched us play, so that’s good for us.”

West Indies are in Group A alongside Australia, India and Pakistan. All their tournament 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). Group B is made up of South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and England.

Reifer noted that the team will be looking to build in stages and take each match one day at a time. He noted: “We are in the working stages. We are looking to rack up experience and take on the challenges set before us, whether that's against Pakistan, India or Australia.”

Floyd Reifer (Captain) -- 60
Darren Sammy (Vice Captain) -- 88
David Bernard -- 8
Tino Best -- 36
Royston Crandon -- 43
Travis Dowlin -- 15
Andre Fletcher -- 72
Kevin McClean -- 61
Nikita Miller -- 33
Kieran Powell -- 23
Dale Richards -- 34
Kemar Roach -- 24
Devon Smith -- 28
Gavin Tonge -- 48
Chadwick Walton -- 42