Thursday, February 22, 2018

Zouks looking to improve in CPL T20

The St Lucia Zouks will be looking for an improved showing in this season’s Limacol Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 after a disappointing 2013 season.

Zouks mentor and West Indies legend, Sir Andy Roberts says the Zouks “have genuine match winners but there is room for improvement from last year’s disappointing season.”

Having played in three Cricket World Cups and won two, Roberts who was the first Antiguan-born player to represent the West Indies in test cricket, noted that his role for CPL 2014 would be to focus on the bowlers.

“We have to improve 100 per cent, and I will play more of a role with the bowlers this season to help them with their pace and variation. In cricket, bowlers win matches so I hope to bring the experience I had playing with the West Indies in three World Cups to the Zouks,” he said.

“Last season, we conceded too many runs in the last five overs, sometimes up to 80 runs, which is unacceptable. So this year, we need to avoid those lapses in concentration. Kevin Pietersen will be an important asset; as will Sohail Tanvir from Pakistan as his height will give batsmen issues. Indeed Brad Hodge’s experience will guide the younger players in the squad,” Roberts explained.

One player that Roberts is happy to have secured during the draft is Johnson Charles.

“We are happy have him back home in St Lucia. Last season, an issue we had was lack of depth in wicket keeping, so with Charles assisting Fletcher, they can also open the batting. In addition of course, we have Darren Sammy down the order who is one of the best finishers in world cricket, so if we are setting or chasing a total, we are confident he can do the job,” Roberts added.

He also sent a strong message to the team he will face on July 12, saying: “On paper, the Tallawahs are a strong team, however cricket is played on the day and not on paper, so I back our players to give us a good start in Grenada. Our aim is to finish number one in the league table and automatically get to the final. We will work hard and play to the best of our ability,” he said.

CPL 2014 begins on July 11 when the Guyana Amazon Warriors will take on the Antigua Hawksbills.