Gibson: We've got exciting players
London, England CMC – West Indies got down to business on Wednesday with their first training session ahead of the two Twenty20 International against England this weekend at The Oval.
Coach Ottis Gibson remained confident about the visitors’ chances, although the side has been forced to travel to England without a number of leading players.
“As a coach you want your best players on the field all of the time, but when they aren’t available for one reason or another then the next thing is to build a team,” said Gibson on Wednesday.
“We have a lot of exciting youngsters that we can build around. We have Devendra Bishoo, who’s just been named ICC Emerging Player-of-the-Year, and Andre Russell, who people will have seen in the World Cup.
“But we also have young guys who are champing at the bit to come in and put in impressive performances for the West Indies.”
West Indies captain Darren Sammy, fast bowler Fidel Edwards, batsman Marlon Samuels, leg-spinner Bishoo, as well as all-rounders Russell and Dwayne Smith are the experienced faces in the 14-member squad. All of the other players are making their first trip with West Indies.
“I expect us to be competitive,” said Gibson. “There are quite a few guys getting their first opportunity to play for the West Indies and when you get your first chance you expect guys to put in a performance. It’s a chance for these guys to pit themselves against the World champions, even though England are without a few guys too.”
The first T20I will be played on Friday at 6.15 pm (1.15 pm Eastern Caribbean Time/12.15 pm Jamaica Time) with the second on Sunday at 6.30 pm (1.30 pm Eastern Caribbean Time/12.30 pm Jamaica Time).