Legendary West Indies batsman Seymour Nurse has joined the Barbados camp as the team continues its preparations for the upcoming regional first class season.
Nurse, who played 29 Tests between 1960 and 1969, joins the coaching staff which includes head coach Hendy Springer, Vasbert Drakes (all-round), and Richard Straker (fielding).
The 73-year-old Nurse, who made 2,523 runs at an average of 47.6 as a stylish middle-order batsman during his Test career, retired from coaching a decade ago but has returned to assist the players.
in the nets
Both Springer and Drakes, a former West Indies all-rounder, have been in the nets since the team was named last Sunday.
On Friday, Nurse spent time with the batsmen and paid special attention to the batting of West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Smith.
"I'm here to help the players. To listen to them and see where I can help. That's all there is to it really," Nurse said.
The opening series of matches in the Carib Beer Series will run from January 4-7 with the first match in the KFC Cup one-day tournament slated for January 9.
Ryan Hinds gets nod
Out-of-favour West Indies all-rounder Ryan Hinds will captain Barbados during the West Indies Cricket Board's regional first class season.
Chairman of selectors, Joel Garner confirmed yesterday that the selectors had nominated the left-handed Hinds and the Barbados Cricket Association had subsequently ratified the recommendation.
"Ryan will be at the helm again and all systems are in place for the opening matches," Garner said.
Hinds, 25, has been a member of the national team for eight years. He was first named captain last year, but was not an automatic choice to retain the job this year.
He has made 4,182 runs with a top score of 168, and also captured 123 wickets, with best bowling of nine for 68.
Hinds has played nine Tests and 14 One-day Internationals, but has not seen West Indies colours since the series against South Africa last year April.