WINDWARDS Islands captain Liam Sebastien showed no sign of fear or intimidation as his team prepares for Friday’s opening match of the West Indies Regional Four-Day Cricket Championship against defending champions Jamaica — the team which beat them in the semi-finals of the recent T20 tournament.

“We’re not going to take them lightly, but at the end of the day we’re going to play cricket… we’ll be raring to go come Friday and we’re just going to give our best,” Sebastien stated.

The Dominican was confident, noting that his team made it to the semi-finals of the four-day competition last year also after playing in the slammer tournament.

“Obviously it’s a different format but at the end of the day it’s the same ball and the bat that we used. Last year it was an easy transition so we’re just hoping… the transition won’t be difficult and we turn it around. The guys are experienced enough to know what we have to do,” he said.

The team is playing without the experienced West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, but Sebastien was not perturbed, having travelled a similar road in the 2011 tournament.

“It is obviously a big task to be captain, but I was the captain for the season last year because Darren and Devon (Smith) were absent, but having said that, it is the same game of cricket that we’re going to play,” the all-rounder said.

“Somebody like Darren is a big loss, but… obviously it’s an opportunity for somebody else to step in. Darren didn’t play last year and we reached the semi-finals, so (hopefully) he’s out for one game… when he comes back he’ll fit straight in the team. We’re not worrying about him not being here,” he added…


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