New-look West Indies not scared of Pakistan

New-look West Indies not scared of Pakistan
West Indies captain Samuel Badree during a Press conference in Dubai

Dubai - Badree said experience of playing PSL in UAE will help team



By James Jose

Published: Mon 19 Sep 2016, 8:29 PM

Last updated: Wed 21 Sep 2016, 4:29 PM

West Indies spinner Samuel Badree has said that they would be fit and raring to go when they take on Pakistan in the T20 series which starts on Friday.
The World Twenty20 champions arrived early to get up to speed with the conditions they will encounter during the series.
The squad is different to the one that played in the T20 World Cup in India in April with a few new faces coming in but Badree felt they will get cracking when the series begins at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday night.

"It is a different team to the one that won the World Cup. We have a lot of new guys and a few players making their debut in this tour. The heat is quite different to what we are accustomed to. But we have been here before. We came here a bit early realising we need to acclimatise. So, within the next week, before the first game against Pakistan on Friday, I think we will be well adjusted and fit and raring to go. So, all the players will be 100 percent ready for the challenge," Badree said after the West Indies practice session at the ICC Cricket Academy on Monday.
"I've been here for the PSL. I've played with Islamabad United, the team that eventually won the competition. So, I've got quite a bit of experience here. The pitches seem to be very good for T20 cricket and that's what you are looking for - good games, competitive games. Like I said before, a number of guys have been here before, the likes of Narine, Bravo and Pollard to name a few. So, we are looking forward to some very good games of cricket. Of course we would like to win the series and remain one of the best T20 teams in the world," he added.
About the opposition, Badree said: "They are very similar to us in terms of their consistency or lack thereof. I think one day, they give a brilliant performance, just like us, and then the next day there is a lot to be desired. But on their day, they can demolish any opposition. So, we are wary of that challenge and we respect every opposition that we come up against and we are going to do the same against Pakistan. We are going to prepare well and we will try to execute our plans as best as possible knowing that they are a very dangerous team."
Badree is the No.1 ranked bowler in T20s and has been termed as a mystery bowler. But the Trinidadian said it didn't matter whether he was leg spinner or a mystery bowler as long as he put in consistent performances and remained at the top.
"I would like to remain the No.1 T20 bowler in the world, whether mystery or not, it doesn't really matter. It is just consistent performances what I'm after," he said.
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