St John’s, Antigua – Samuel Badree has been named as an assistant coach of the West Indies senior Men’s team for the upcoming six-match white ball series against South Africa.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Tuesday announced that the former West Indies leg-spinner would join the squad for the three One-Day Internationals (ODI) and three T20 Internationals (T20I) from March16 to 28.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be asked by CWI to join the team and work with this great group of players in South Africa for the white ball leg of the tour,” Badree said.
Badree, who has previously assisted CWI as a spin bowling consultant and worked in the IPL, believes this opportunity to be “a continuation and an extension of that”.
He added: “I look forward to catching up with the players, some who I played with and most I already know, as we seek to acquit ourselves well on what is expected to be a challenging tour of South Africa. I also look forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences with the players as we look to bring some positive results to our loyal fans.”
Jimmy Adams, CWI’s Director of Cricket said: “I’m happy that Samuel is going to be spending time with our white ball teams in South Africa. He brings plenty of international experience and a strong desire to assist our slow bowlers in becoming world class. We believe this combination makes him ideally placed to add tremendous value to our support staff in South Africa, and specifically for our slow bowlers.”
Badree is a two-time T20 World Cup winner. He played a vital role in both T20 World Cup winning campaigns in Sri Lanka in 2012 and in India in 2016. He played 52 T20Is and picked up 56 wickets between 2012 and 2018 – during which time he was the world’s Number 1 ranked bowler in the T20 format.
West Indies are presently in South Africa playing in a two-match Test Series ahead of the white ball Series. The first Test at SuperSports Park in Centurion ended last Thursday. The Proteas won by 87 runs. The second Test starts on Wednesday 8 March at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
The white ball matches start on March 16 with the first ODI at Buffalo Park in East London. The T20Is start on March 25at SuperSports Park.
West Indies white ball match schedule
March 16: 1st ODI at Buffalo Park, East London (day/night)
March 18: 2nd ODI at Buffalo Park, East London (day/night)
March 21: 3rd ODI at JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom
March 25: 1st T20Is at SuperSport Park, Centurion
March 26: 2nd T20I at SuperSport Park, Centurion
March 28: 3rd T20I at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (night)