Badree warns of ‘dan­ger­ous’ op­po­nent

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS -

DUBAI, United Arab Emi­rates (CMC): EG-SPIN­NER SA­MUEL Badree said yes­ter­day West Indies would be wary of an un­pre­dictable Pak­istan side, as they chased vic­tory in the up­com­ing three-match Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional se­ries.

He told jour­nal­ists here that Pak­istan were a dan­ger­ous unit and said West Indies would have to play well if they were to top the hosts in the games, which run from Septem­ber 2327 in the United Arab Emi­rates.

“Pak­istan are very sim­i­lar to us in terms of their con­sis­tency or lack of it,” Badree told re­porters.

“One day, they give a bril­liant per­for­mance just like us and the next day there is a lot to be de­sired. On their day, they can de­mol­ish any op­po­si­tion. We are wary of that chal­lenge.

“We re­spect ev­ery op­po­si­tion that we come up against and we are go­ing to do the same against Pak­istan, and we are go­ing to pre­pare well and ex­e­cute our plans as best as we can, know­ing they are a very dan­ger­ous team.”

LMISSING PLAY­ERS

West Indies will not be at full strength for the se­ries, es­pe­cially with a few of the play­ers who were mem­bers of the T20 World Cup-win­ning squad last April now miss­ing.

Dar­ren Sammy, who cap­tained the side to that tri­umph in In­dia, has been axed by se­lec­tors, while Chris Gayle and An­dré Rus­sell are un­avail­able for vary­ing rea­sons. Also, bats­man Lendl Sim­mons was over­looked for med­i­cal rea­sons.

All-rounder Car­los Brath­waite has taken over lead­er­ship of the squad, while the un­capped Rov­man Pow­ell and Ni­cholas Pooran, along with Chad­wick Wal­ton who played the last of this two T20s two years ago, have been called up. Rov­man Pow­ell bats in the nets dur­ing the West Indies train­ing ses­sion at the ICC Academy in Dubai yes­ter­day.

“It is a dif­fer­ent team from the team that played the World Cup. We have a lot of new guys, a few guys mak­ing their de­but on this tour,” said the 35-yearold Badree.

“We have been here be­fore, many of us. The heat is quite dif­fer­ent to what we are ac­cus­tomed to. We came a bit early re­al­is­ing we need to ac­cli­ma­tise, so within the next week be­fore the first game against Pak­istan, we will be well ad­justed and fit and all play­ers will be 100 per cent ready for the chal­lenge.”

The two open­ing games – on Septem­ber 23 and 24 – are set for here in Dubai, with the fi­nal game on Septem­ber 27 carded for Abu Dhabi.

“I’ve been here in the PSL (Pak­istan Su­per League). I’ve played with Is­lam­abad United, the team that even­tu­ally won the com­pe­ti­tion, so I’ve got quite a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence here,” the Trinida­dian noted.

“The pitches seem to be very good for T20 cricket and that’s what you’re look­ing for – good games, com­pet­i­tive games. Like

I’ve said be­fore, a num­ber of the guys have been here be­fore – the likes of (Su­nil) Narine, (Dwayne) Bravo, (Kieron) Pol­lard etcetera - so we’re look­ing for­ward to some very good games of cricket.

“Of course, we’d like to win this se­ries and re­main one of the best T20 teams in the world.” Sa­muel Badree dur­ing train­ing at the ICC Academy in Dubai yes­ter­day.

GLADSTONE TAY­LOR/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

WICB ME­DIA PHOTO/PHILIP SPOONER

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