2009
09.08

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – West Indies have recalled Hendy Springer to help oversee the team’s ICC Champions Trophy campaign.

Springer, a former Barbados off-spinner, left with the squad on Saturday for the competition in South Africa, where West Indies are fielding a depleted side.

“It is always an honour to represent the West Indies in any capacity and I am looking forward to the assignment,” he said. “This is another chance for me to help with the development of West Indies cricket.”

He added: “The players have put in a lot of hard work [over the last week] and I want to see them playing to their full potential.

“After we arrive in South Africa, we have another two weeks before the start of the tournament, and that will give us more opportunities to get acclimatised and ready for the challenge ahead.”

Springer was co-coach when West Indies visited Zimbabwe two years ago before he and David Williams served as assistant coaches to John Dyson on the subsequent trip to South Africa.

The 45-year-old Springer also previously worked as coach of the West Indies A-Team three years ago, and presently holds the position of Director of Coaching at the Barbados Cricket Association.

Springer also played professionally in South Africa for Western Transvaal which has merged with Gauteng to form the Highveld Lions in that country’s first-class championship.

West Indies arrived in South Africa yesterday where they will have a camp in the city of Potchefstroom until September 16.

The team will then have warm-up matches against hosts South Africa on September 18 and Sri Lanka on September 20.

West Indies are drawn alongside Pakistan, Australia, and India in Group-A of the Champions Trophy and all the Windies matches will be played at The Wanderers in Johannesburg.

They face Pakistan on September 23, Australia three days later, and close against India on September 30.

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