Former spinner Samuel Badree was announced as the assistant coach by the West Indies cricket board ahead of the ODI series. Upcoming South Africa vs West Indies series is crucial for both teams in order to secure direct qualification for the ODI World Cup later this year in India. However, Samuel Badree will only assist in the series against South Africa, after which the cricketing board will have someone else for the position. 

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Prior to picking up this position, Samuel Badree worked as a consultant for Delhi Capitals in the IPL. He anticipates the Proteas would present a difficult task in his most recent job, but he wants to perform admirably. Announcing the interim coach, the CWI chief said, “Samuel brings plenty of international experience and a strong desire to assist our slow bowlers in becoming world-class. We believe this combination makes him ideally placed to add tremendous value to our support staff in South Africa, and specifically for our slow bowlers.”

I look forward to catching up with the players: Samuel Badree

Samuel Badree Announced As the temporary Assistant Coach for West Indies
Samuel Badree

Accepting the offer, Samuel Badree said, “I look forward to catching up with the players, some who I played with and most I already know, as we seek to acquit ourselves well on what is expected to be a challenging tour of South Africa.” West Indies will face a tough challenge from South Africa. The Proteas have already won the first test game. In the current Super League standings, West Indies is in 8th position. A victory in this series will give them a direct qualification for the ODI World Cup in India.

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Samuel Badree will work alongside an interim coach, Andre Coley. Shai Hope and Rovman Powell are the newly appointed ODI and T20I captains. The former spinner has represented West Indies in 52 T20I games. In addition to that he has also played in IPL for the Chennai Super Kings franchise as well as Royal Challengers Bangalore. Moreover, he was also part of the West Indies’ 2016 World Cup-winning team. The ODI matches between the two sides will be on 16 March, 18 March, and 21 March.

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