ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):
Power-play specialist Samuel Badree says he is in top form and wants to play a role in helping West Indies repeat their success against Zimbabwe in this weekend's T20 series, following a clean sweep in the one-day international (ODI) series.
The Trinidad and Tobago spinner is in a 13-man squad to play Zimbabwe in T20 matches today and tomorrow at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua.
"I am looking forward with great expectations to this weekend's games. I think we had a good ODI series and we are looking to forward to have another good T20 series against the Zimbabweans," said Badree, a member of the West Indies team which won the ICC T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka last year.
"I have been playing in the Bangladesh Premier League and for Trinidad and Tobago in the first-class season, so I think I am well prepared for the challenge ahead."
West Indies, captained by Dwayne Bravo in place of Darren Sammy, won the three-match ODI series at the national stadium in Grenada.
LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
Badree says although Zimbabwe is considered among the minnows in international cricket, the playing field is level in T20.
"In T20, I don't think there are any underdogs," Badree explained.
"It's a format where the teams are balanced. I look forward to two good games against them and to continue to showcase my talent on the international stage."
Badree has bowled impressively during power plays, a feature intended to add excitement, introduced into ODI cricket concerning fielding restrictions.
"It's a tremendous challenge bowling in the power play," said Badree. "Something I have done well over the years. I have grown accustomed to it. I do relish the opportunity and the challenge and hope to continue in the same vein."