Sep 14 2013, 4:16am CDT | by IANS
Cave Hill (Barbados), Sep 14 (IANS/CMC) West Indies Head Coach Ottis Gibson says the spin bowling clinic being conducted by former Pakistan off-spin bowler Saqlain Mushtaq is crucial to the development of a number of players in the region.
A number of West Indies sides will be taking to the field of play in the next few months and spin bowling could play a key role in their bid to overcome opponents.
"One of the things that has disappointed me since I have been appointed West Indies head coach - and this is through no fault of anyone - is that the fast bowlers have had a lot of support and we had a fast bowling clinic - but we haven't had any specialist training for spinners," said Gibson here Friday.
"I may be a bowling coach, but Saqlain is an expert in spin bowling, and when I spoke to him about the opportunity to come across and pass on his knowledge - the way I have passed on to the fast bowlers what I learnt from someone like Malcolm Marshall - it was clear it was the right thing to do."
West Indies-A start a tour of India this week followed by the West Indies Women in an international home series against New Zealand and England that also includes a tri-nation Twenty20 tournament.
The senior West Indies men's side head to India at the end of October for a series of two Tests and three One-day Internationals before flying to New Zealand for three Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is.
"For Saqlain to come and pass on the knowledge that he would have acquired from someone like, maybe, (Pakistan leg-spin legend) Abdul Qadir and other great spinners was an opportunity that I felt if I could make it happen, it would be something special for our players," said Gibson.
"I have been attending the clinic over the last few days and I have been in the sports hall and I have seen how the players are responding to him and I know that it has been something well worth doing."
Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and off-spinner Ashley Nurse both attended the clinic last week before flying out to India for the A-Team series.
Other attendees include Windies off-spinner Shane Shillingford and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, as well as Windies Women's trio of Anisa Mohammed, Shaquana Quintyne and Stafanie Taylor, and Windies Under-19 selectees Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai and Ramaal Lewis.
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