When the West Indies head into battle against Sri Lanka at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday evening in the first of three T20 Internationals, they will be aiming to be consistent in winning games and ultimately the series.This is according to new boy Kevin Sinclair, the young Guyanese right arm off-spinner who is in the team for the first time.
Fresh off a disappointing loss in the CG Insurance Super50 Cup against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, the youngster is looking to rebound in the series against the Sri Lankans.
Reflecting on his first time selection, Sinclair told The 592 Dugout; “I feel good, I feel really good about being selected to represent the West Indies. I must say I have made my family proud, especially my grandfather. I know the struggle and the time that he put in to train me every day and even in the nights over the years. I have made him proud and that’s all I’ll continue to do”.
Looking ahead to the series, he maintained; “I feel confident heading into my first series. It’s a different environment than I’m accustomed to obviously, I’m looking forward to it, I’ll do my best. The guys here are confident in terms of winning the series. Coach (Phil) Simmons has been beating something into our head; we should start winning cricket games. We have to understand what we need to do in order to win games, how we have to go about winning, that we should be consistent for long periods of time in order to win. So that’s our mindset heading into this series.”
The series opener this evening will be the first men’s T20 International at the Coolidge Cricket Ground and with relatively short straight boundaries it could turn out to be a high-scoring contest. Back in West Indies colours is the ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle, who is making a comeback to the side. Also making a comeback after years is fast bowler Fidel Edwards. Both were members of the West Indies team which won the T20 World Cup back in 2012, when they beat Sri Lanka in the final in Colombo.
Match Schedule – start 6pm (5pm Jamaica Time)
Wednesday, March 3: 1st CG Insurance T20I
Friday, March 5: 2nd CG Insurance T20I
Sunday, March 7: 3rd CG Insurance T20I