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Badree, Narine key to Windies attack---Radford
--- West Indies assistant coach
Toby Radford sees the spin duo
of Sunil Narine and Samuel
Badree as trump cards in the up-
coming four-match Twenty20
series against Pakistan starting
The pair are among the best in the
world in the shortest format with
leg-spinner Badree ranked num-
ber three and off-spinner Narine
ranked seventh, and Radford said
he expected them to be a handful
for the Pakistani batsmen.
"They are guys who have been
there and won World Cups. They've
played in all the Twenty20 tourna-
ments around the world," Radford
"They are quality players and they
will know who they are bowling at
here [because] they would have
played against these Pakistan bat-
ters before so there's lot of experi-
ence, lot of quality and you can't
"So it's great to have those in the
side and the younger guys will ob-
viously learn from them and pick
up a lot from their skill."
The 36-year-old Badree is a T20
specialist with 32 internationals to
his name along with 42 wickets at
an economy rate of just over five-
and-a-half runs an over.
All told, he has taken 151 wickets
in 154 T20s.
Fellow T&T Narine has taken 40
wickets from 39 T20Is at an economy
rate of six, and has hauled in 264 scalps
in 212 T20s overall.
Selectors have also surprisingly in-
cluded left-arm spinner Veerasammy
Permaul in the 16-man squad and
Radford said he was pleased to see the
27-year-old in the Windies set-up.
"Permaul I remember him from the
HPC when we ran the HPC here in
Barbados four or five years ago," the
Englishman recalled. "He was always
a quality spinner so I'm delighted he's
getting an opportunity."
The opening T20I bowls off at Kens-
ington Oval here with the remaining
three set for Queen's Park Oval in Trin-
idad on March 30, April 1 and 2.
Windies aiming to capitalize
on home advantage
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados ---
West Indies batting coach Toby Radford
said on Thursday the regional side would
try to make home advantage count in
the upcoming Twenty20 series against
Pakistan, as they attempted to make
amends for their dismal showing last
Just seven months ago, the reigning
T20 World champions found them-
selves on the end of a humiliating series
whitewash in the United Arab Emirates
as Pakistan convincingly won the three-
match series on 'home turf'
However, with much more familiar
conditions expected, Radford said he
was anticipating a change in fortunes.
"I think the big thing when we played
out there is we found that the pitches
were particularly slow and obviously
suited their spin bowlers and they made
very, very big boundaries and made us
run a lot," the Englishman pointed out.
"So hopefully the wickets will be a
lot quicker here, more of what we are
We are used to playing on these sur-
faces and when you are on your home
patch, everyone is really up for playing
and wants a win so hopefully we're going
to get a lot of good support as well but
I'm very much ready for a good show
The four-match series opens to-
morrow at Kensington Oval here be-
fore heading to T&T for the last three
games at Queen's Park Oval.
West Indies have been in training
since they assembled on Wednesday
and Radford said everyone looked in
fine form. (CMC)
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Windies spin twin Sunil Narine, left, and Samuel Badree.
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