West Indies spinner Samuel Badree is banking on his experience with Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for the upcoming contest against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
Badree, who us currently the number one ranked bowler in Twenty 20 International, will be the part of the West Indies side which will face Pakistan in the three-match T20I series starting on 23rd September.
West Indies are currently the reigning T20I Champions after winning a record second title earlier this year, but their current squad is quite different to the one that beat England in Kolkata.
Admitting that there are a number of new players in the side, Badree said that the squad has arrived early in the UAE in order to get themselves acclimatised to the conditions.
“It is a different team from the team that won the world cup. We have a lot of new guys.
“Few players will be making their debut on this tour.
“We have been here before, many of us.
“The heat is different to what we are accustomed to.
“We came here early realising that we have to acclimatise.
“So within the next week before the first game against Pakistan, we will be well adjusted fit and raring to go.
“So all the players will be 100 per cent ready for the challenge.”
Badree was part of the Islamabad United squad went on to win the inaugural title of the PSL at the start of the year.
The 35-year-old said that the pitches in the UAE are quite conducive for T20 cricket said that the West Indies are keen to win the series against Pakistan.
“I have been here for the PSL, played with Islamabad United the team which eventually won the competition.
“So I have got a bit of experience here.
“The pitches seemed to be very good for T20 cricket and that is what you are looking for. Good competitive games.
“Like I’ve said before, there are a number of guys who have been here before…. the likes of Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, and Kieron Pollard etc.
“So we are looking forward to some very good games of cricket.
“Of course we like to win the series and remain as one of the best T20 teams in the world.”
After the conclusion of the three-match T20I series, West Indies will play One Day Internationals and will follow it up with a three-match Test series to compel their tour of the UAE against Pakistan.