opening batsman William Perkins plays an on-side shot during
his innings of 27 in their Round Four Carib Beer Regional
Series match against Jamaica at the Queens Park Oval
last weekend. Perkins also made 25 in the match. Perkins
will be looking to improve on his scores when T&T takes
the Windward Islands in Dominica today. Photo: Anthony Harris
West Indies captain Chris Gayle has described Sri Lanka
as a quality team and says the regional side
will face a challenge in the upcoming home series.
The 28-year old, announced on Wednesday to lead the Windies
in the two Tests and One-Day Internationals, said he was
looking forward to the support of the entire team during
just have to work together and do what we can do best for
West Indies cricket, Gayle asserted.
a big challenge to lead West Indies on home soil and basically
I am looking forward to it. It is something new (at home)
but I know how it goes already so you just have to be strong
about whatever you do as a captain.
am looking to the support from the guys, which I know I
will get so I am not too concerned. I am just hoping to
play some good cricket.
Lanka is a quality team so its going to be really,
really interesting. Most of their guys have toured the Caribbean
before so its going to a challenge for us.
Gayle also called on West Indian fans to be patient and
give the team as much support as possible.
are asking for patience from the public and support as well.
We want them to come out and support the team and rally
around us as usual. Dont be too rash, he implored.
started well in South Africa but a lot of injuries came
into play and we lost the series (2-1 after winning the
first Test]) but hopefully this time around things can be
a bit different and we can enjoy it and hopefully the spectators
can enjoy it as well and we are looking forward to a good
Gayle said that with the Carib Beer Series being played
at the moment, he was not concerned about the absence of
a camp ahead of the first Test in Guyana, starting March
thing about it is that we are in cricket right now so thats
an advantage for us. Its nice spending time in the
middle and getting a bit of form in bowling and batting,
before a series it would be nice to have everybody together
and so on and see how well we can work together from here
is how the programme is set up and we just have to work
with what we have now and just be ready for the Test series
after the Carib Beer.
Cup leaders Jamaica, on 42 points, and second-placed Barbados
on 30 points, begin their crucial battle on Friday. (CMC)