Windies Coach Reifer Hopes Pollard, Narine’s Experience Will Benefit Team

Written by Vishwas Gupta

West Indies coach Floyd Reifer is confident that T20 megastars like Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine along with some talented youngsters will provide the fireworks against India when a sell-out weekend crowd shows up for the two T20 Internationals starting on Saturday.

The West Indies T20 squad camped in Florida to acclimatise with sultry conditions and Reifer’s team, which he calls a fine blend of youth and experience, will turn the heat on the Virat Kohli-led team full of youngsters.

“The team is young, and we like to mix the experienced players with the youth. We have a very good blend. We are looking forward to the matches here in Florida. It should be a very exciting weekend, with lots of entertainment for the fans,” Reifer told the Cricket West Indies official website as the side geared up for the match.

With Pollard, Narine and skipper Carlos Brathwaite in the mix, West Indies would certainly start as favourites after some intense training sessions at the Broward County Stadium.

“We have players like (Kieron) Pollard and (Sunil) Narine making a return to the team as well as the captain Carlos Brathwaite and they have a lot of experience at this level and in this format.

Reifer, who played six Tests and eight ODIs, is happy with the camp at Fort Lauderdale.

“The camp has been going really great so far. We have had some intense training sessions and we are acclimatized. It’s hot here, very hot and hotter than what we are accustomed to in the Caribbean and we are preparing the players to perform at the highest international standard.”


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