• CAVE HILL
Head coach of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre team Graeme West said the presence of Sir Vivian Richards in the training camp ahead of their series against Bangladesh-A is a welcomed boost for the side’s preparations.
Sir Viv will work with the coaching team at the Sagicor WIHPC that is headed by West to prepare the 13-member squad for their series of two four-day, three 50 overs-a-side and two Twenty20 matches – all to be played in Barbados from May 26 to June 15.
“To work alongside someone like Sir Viv is a privilege and his presence offers a number of things to the players as we prepare for the upcoming matches,” said West.
“First, the players can see the importance of this camp when someone of the calibre of Sir Viv is standing there and observing them, talking to them, offering some mentoring to them. The value that brings to the programme, you cannot put a price on it.”
Sir Viv is the latest former West Indies player currently either involved with coaching or advising a number of West Indies teams.
The others are West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson, West Indies team operations manager Richie Richardson, West Indies batting coach Stuart Williams, West Indies Women’s head coach Sherwin Campbell, West Indies Women’s assistant coach Ezra Moseley, West Indies Under-19 assistant coach Robert Samuels and Sagicor WIHPC bowling coach Vasbert Drakes.
West said: “Also, when you look at the experiences that he had and the teams in which he played, he helped to create a culture of winning—and this is one of things we want him to emphasise during our sessions with the players – how to create and maintain a winning habit.
“We need winners and we need winning teams and we need champion players, and they do not come any bigger than Sir Viv.”
The two-week camp formally opened on Tuesday and West said that Sir Viv had already begun to make his presence felt with the players.
“In the few sessions he has had so far, you can still see that hunger, that passion, that desire for West Indies to be successful still burns within him,” said West.
West said the aim of the camp and the brief series against the Bangladeshis was to help emerging and fringe players to sharpen their skills and turn the heat up on the players in the senior West Indies squad which will soon begin a home series against New Zealand.