West Indies call in their legends ahead of Test series against New Zealand

"Sir Garry is the best of the best and it is great to have him join us"

“Sir Garry is the best of the best and it is great to have him join us”

Image courtesy of: West Indies Cricket

The West Indies have called in legendary pace bowler Sir Curtley Ambrose and batsman Sir Garfield Sobers to help train the national team ahead of their Test series against New Zealand, which gets underway on June 8 in Jamaica.

Sobers will be spending a lot of time working with the batsmen, while Ambrose has agreed to become the team’s bowling consultant for the entire series.

Sir Curtly is heavily involved in cricket here with the Combined Campuses & Colleges and is making a contribution to West Indies cricket in that way, so the feeling is to get him to come in and mentor the good bowlers that we have and try to see if he can inspire them through his experiences to turn themselves into great bowlers,” West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson said. “He’s obviously led the West Indies bowling attack and done it very well over his career, so hopefully he will impart some knowledge and pass on some of his experiences onto the guys.”

Ambrose will be West Indies' bowling consultant for the New Zealand series

Ambrose will be West Indies’ bowling consultant for the New Zealand series

Image courtesy of: West Indies Cricket

Gibson also thanked Sobers for taking the time to help train the West Indies batsmen.

Sir Garry is the best of the best and it is great to have him join us,” Gibson said. “He is still an avid watcher of the game, so he sees a lot of things. He is here to pass on his knowledge over so many years of doing it.

The guys like Darren Bravo and young Kieran Powell have been very receptive, and his wisdom will not be lost on the experienced guys like Shiv Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels either. All the guys will get the opportunity to speak to Sir Garry about their game, which can only be a good thing for us.

Hopefully, over the next couple of days, the guys will really use him as a springboard for where they are in their game and what he thinks they need to do to take their game to the next level.”

 

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