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Thatscricket - News - Hooper hopes to take Windies back to its past glory

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2002, 21:58 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: Captain Carl Hooper indicated on Thursday focus on the current tour in India would be to take West Indies back to its past glory.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"Our aim will be to turn a potentially good side into a very good side. We hope to take such steps in India," Hooper told reporters. Noting that the Caribbean is working on the present squad in the last couple of years, he, however, said for many players, it's the first time that they are touring India and it will give them good experience. "We are in the learning curve."Asked if he felt extra pressure to revive the fortunes of the West Indies, Hooper said the important thing is that he has got a good support staff in Coach (Roger Harper) and Manager (Ricky Skerritt)."In addition, we have some key cricketers. That makes my job easier," he commented. "We would like to have success but it's slow in coming. But we are improving and we are going to get better."West Indians kick off their India campaign with a three-day game against the Mohammed Kaif-led Board President's XI at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday. They will play three Tests and seven One-dayers during their nearly two-month tour. Meanwhile, Hooper is set for a major personal milestone the first Test at Mumbai beginning on October 9 would be his 100th and he let it be known that he is keen to come out with a big score."Obviously, it's an important milestone. I have not gone for record and the stuff like that. I am happy to reach that milestone. It's just a coincidence that I played my first Test in India and will be playing the 100th in India. I hope to celebrate it in a big way," he said.He replied in the negative when asked if West Indies is going to mark players like Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. Suggested to pick young players in the side to look for, Hooper named Darren Powell and Jermaine Lawson, both of whom were impressive in nets as well as games they played. "We expect them to play an important role in this tour." Asked if just two spinners will be enough for the Indian tour, he said both Mahendra Nagamootoo and Gareth Breese want to do well, adding, "We are sure they will be able to do the job in India."Coach Roger Harper said the Caribbeans are excited about the fact that they would be playing against a competitive team (in the three-day game beginning on Friday) prior to the first Test.Harper said from young players' perspective, they would have liked more warm-up games but pointed out the international itinerary are now always compact and one should be ready to get into national fixtures straightaway.He said the West Indians would use the game to get used to the conditions in preparation for the first Test. PTI

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