SIR ANDY ROBERTS HOPING FOR “IMPROVED ZOUKS” IN CPL 2014 – “Our Aim is to finish Number 1 in the table!”

The St. Lucia Zouks will be looking to have an improved showing in this season’s Limacol CPL after a disappointing 2013 season. Zouks mentor and West Indies legend, Sir Andy Roberts, spoke exclusively to www.cplt20.com about his plans to make this a successful season for the Zouks.

“I feel the same way I felt last year, and that is that we have genuine match winners but there is room for improvement from last year’s disappointing season,” said Roberts.

Having played in three Cricket World Cups and won two, Sir Andy, who was the first Antiguan-born player to represent the West Indies in test cricket, noted that his role for CPL 2014 would be to focus on the bowlers. “We have to improve 100%, and I will play more of a role with the bowlers this season to help them with their pace and variation. In cricket, bowlers win matches so I hope to bring the experience I had playing with the West Indies in three World Cups to the Zouks,” he said.

Sir Andy Roberts (centre) stands with fellow cricket legends, Sir Vivian Richards (left) and Roger Harper (right) along with Caribbean broadcaster, Simon Crosskill, at the recently-held CPL Draft

Sir Andy Roberts (centre) stands with fellow cricket legends, Sir Vivian Richards (left) and Roger Harper (right) along with Caribbean broadcaster, Simon Crosskill, at the recently-held CPL Draft

And having taken 202 test wickets, Roberts is a great man for the job. “Last season, we conceded too many runs in the last five overs, sometimes up to 80 runs, which is unacceptable. So this year, we need to avoid those lapses in concentration. Kevin Pietersen will be an important asset; as will Sohail Tanvir from Pakistan as his height will give batsmen issues. Indeed Brad Hodge’s experience will guide the younger players in the squad.”

One player that Sir Andy Roberts is happy to have secured during the draft is Johnson Charles. “We are happy have him back home in St. Lucia. Last season, an issue we had was lack of depth in wicket keeping, so with Charles assisting Fletcher, they can also open the batting. In addition of course, we have Darren Sammy down the order who is one of the best finishers in world cricket, so if we are setting or chasing a total, we are confident he can do the job.”

Sir Andy shares a moment with Barbadian Desmond Haynes and Marketing Director for CPL, James Wynne

Sir Andy shares a moment with Barbadian Desmond Haynes and Marketing Director for CPL, James Wynne

Sir Andy also sent a strong message to the team he will face on July 12th, saying; “On paper, the Tallawahs are a strong team, however cricket is played on the day and not on paper, so I back our players to give us a good start in Grenada. Our aim is to finish number one in the league table and automatically get to the final. We will work hard and play to the best of our ability.”

CPL 2014 begins on July 11th when the Guyana Amazon Warriors will take on the Antigua Hawksbills.

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