Sir Vivian Richard joins HPC

West Indies Jerome Taylor prepares to hit the final ball of the match against the South Africa at a Twenty20 International cricket match in North Sound, Antigua.
AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File
AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File

Former West Indies captain and master batsman Sir Vivian Richard joins the High Performance Centre as a technical advisor for the tour of the Bangladesh “A” team. The tour runs from May 26 to June 15 and comprises two four-day, three 50 overs and two Twenty20 matches.

Sir Vivian’s main focus will be areas of tactical approaches of players, building their confidence and self belief and technical assistance. Sir Vivian Richards compiled 8,540 runs from 121 Test matches at an average of 5023. He led the West Indies in 50 Test matches; winning 27, losing 8 and drawing 15.

WINDIES MUST IMPROVE THEIR GAME

West Indies players will be facing an uphill task against New Zealand in June as the Test series starts in Jamaica on June 7, This must be a new look West Indies squad that is prepared to play Test cricket seriously. Batting for close to one and three quarters of a day should be the aim of the players. Staying for a long time at the wicket and building an innings. With a new captain in the West Indies squad, there should be a great boost in the confidence among players. Some superb performances are expected from the West Indies team with the return of Jerome Taylor, the fiery pacer from Jamaica who has Test experience.

PATIENCE, TECHNICAL CORRECTNESS AND DISCIPLINE NEEDED

If the West Indies is to defeat New Zealand in the upcoming series, players must have a positive approach and be prepared to apply their technical skills correctly. Loose stroke play will get the West Indies batsmen losing their wickets. Head coach Ottis Gibson must instil in the players the need to play the game intelligently.

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