Sobers eager to help restore West Indies fortunes

Published: Thursday, March 29, 2001, 23:34 [IST]
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Port Of Spain: Barbados's most famous son, Sir Garfield Sobers, who is sharing his experiences and his talent with 22 West Indies players at a week long training camp, cannot understand the reason for the team's recent failures.

"I think we have a lot of youngsters coming on and I really couldn't see the reason for all of our failures," the 65-year-old former captain told a local television station, CCN TV6, on Friday night. Saying he was hopeful he can help, Sir Gary added, "I would like to see what I can do to help and get the West Indies team back on top. He said he was delighted that the WICB president Wes Hall and others involved have invited him to come to Trinidad and have a look at the players preparing for the series against India in April.

"What I intend to do is to have a chat with them, have a look, then take it from there and see what I can do to help. They have had a lot of people working with them before. The things I might say to them might have been said before." Also assisting the players is former West Indies fast bowler, Antiguan Andy Roberts. The cricketers, accompanied by coach Roger Harper and manager Ricky Skerritt are involved in the camp under the supervision of physiotherapist Ronald Rogers.

Batting star Trinidadian Brian Lara, a former captain, meanwhile admitted he was still in pain as a result of a fractured left elbow sustained last December in Sri Lanka but said he hoped to be match-fit for the start of the first Test against India on April 11. Carl Hooper has been retained as captain of the Caribbean squad. Led by Saurav Ganguly, the 16-man Indian team is due to arrive in the Caribbean early in April for the series, which includes five Tests and five One-day Internationals. The series kicks off in Guyana.

AFP Copyright AFP 2001

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