A-team programme performs vital role - West
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (CMC):
Head coach Graeme West believes the West Indies A-team programme performs the vital dual role of feeding players into the international side and also strengthening regional franchises by helping players enhance their skills.
The Englishman, who has overseen the programme of recent, said the various tours had ensured that regional players developed their ability in differing conditions, experience that could be then utilised both at the domestic and international levels.
"They are invaluable to the players. It allows them to play against different methods," West said ahead of today's start of the opening four-day Test between West Indies A and Sri Lanka A at the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium.
"This is a home series, but when you travel and play in different conditions, it adds to a player's methods, it adds to his experience, and the beauty of having them back on the calendar, I feel that the players coming through the programme will be better prepared to move forward to the next level.
"It is required to be fitted in between the regional tournaments and international level, so they must be treated with importance.
"We use them to develop the players not just for the time we are together, but that they can take back to their franchises that would allow them to progress on a long-term basis than just in a three-match series."