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Roland Butcher sees signs of positivity in WI

- By Romario Samaroo

Former English test player, Roland Butcher, believes that there are several positive signs from the new dispensati­on of West Indies cricket.

According to the Barbados-born 68-year-old, who appeared on the Mason and Guest radio programme earlier this week, West Indies management needs to identify their best talents and give them the chance over a period of time.

“You are not going to get a top team just like that, throwing guys together, it’s going to take a while but once you have identified your best players you have to back them, give them the opportunit­y knowing they will fail for a while but back them over a period of time,” he opined.

Butcher, who played three Tests and three One-Day Internatio­nals reasoned, “I think what needs to happen now is when the players get the opportunit­y to play you need to see some signs that yes, I belong at this level even if they are not hugely successful at the start but you show the signs that with time you will start to develop into a good player and a good team.”

West Indies lost the three-match T20I series against Pakistan recently and prior to that, had a horrid campaign in the T20 World Cup earlier this year. Also, the Caribbean unit lost convincing­ly to South Africa in the Caribbean.

Neverthele­ss, Butcher highlighte­d, “I think there have been some pretty good signs in these couple of matches, I think Shepherd has shaped up pretty well both with bat and ball, Odean Smith as well looks quite a handy batsman lower down the order so if those two guys can build on that…”

He added, “Brandon King needs to be just a bit more consistent, we know he can play for a little while so if he can be consistent and those guys that got the opportunit­y now can step up, that’s what you are looking for…”

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