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Windies looking forward to India tour
By Petra Gooding
THE West Indies may have not played Test cricket in recent times, but Coach Ottis Gibson says his team is looking forward to its upcoming Test match series against India.
The team is on the island for a fitness and medical camp to make sure the players are in tip-top shape for what is going to be a long stint away from the Caribbean. The West Indies will contest two Test matches and three One-Day Internationals in India and will go straight to New Zealand for three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.
The West Indies will not see the Caribbean until February next year and Gibson made the point that it was imperative that the players be not only in top physical condition, but be in great health as well.
“Things have been going well; the doctors haven’t reported anything untoward to me as yet, so fingers crossed that everybody is fit to get on the plane,” said Gibson.
Gibson was speaking at a press conference at the Accra Beach Hotel yesterday and he noted that while India is ahead of them in the rankings, they plan to fight hard and put on a good show for the Indian cricket fans.
“We are not saying we cannot beat India, but we know it is going to be tough. The last time we went to India, we had a couple of inexperienced guys and we put up a good show. So hopefully this time with a bit more experience, we can go one better and win the series. There is no reason why we can’t,” said Gibson.
The West Indies’ last Test match was since November of 2012 when it defeated Bangladesh and its other victories were against New Zealand in a home series in August of that year. Both teams are considered inferior by some West Indian fans and those wins are looked down on by some pundits.
Gibson noted that the series against India will finally settle the question of where the West Indies stand in Test cricket.
“We have played great in Test cricket, having won the last six, but people have been poking fun at the opposition. This one in India gives us the opportunity to see where we are as a Test side. India are playing some very good One-Day cricket at the moment; they haven’t played Tests in a long time either, so it gives us an opportunity to go out there and test ourselves,” said Gibson.
Gibson not going anywhere
As for that rumour about him leaving the West Indies to take up the post of head coach at Glamorgan, Gibson emphatically stated he did not even receive so much as an e-mail from Glamorgan.
“I suppose when you are doing a good job, every job that comes along is yours. But there is no truth in the rumour. I have not been in contact with anybody from Glamorgan. It is the club that I played for in England, but I have had absolutely no contact with them. I have just signed a new contract with the WICB and I am very happy with where we are,” said Gibson.
The first Test against India is scheduled for November 6-10 in Kolkata at the Eden Gardens Cricket Ground.