November 09, 2010 (Island Cricket): West Indian skipper, Darren Sammy, believes that spin will play a key role in the West Indies’ 2010 tour of Sri Lanka. The West Indians arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday morning for three Test matches, five ODIs and a T20I.
Upon their arrival, the visitors were greeted by fans and well-wishers at the Katunayake International Airport.
"We received a wonderful welcome from the people of Sri Lanka and you can feel the country’s readiness for the upcoming series. The people here love their cricket and they have a lot of respect for cricketers. We have settled in well and we had a good recovery session in the pool," the West Indian skipper said after a brief warm up and recovery session in the hotel pool on Sunday.
The visitors completed their first full training session on Monday.
"Spin bowling is always a major factor in Sri Lanka, as the pitches as usually flat and slow," Sammy said.
"With this in mind we have our plans for the series and we will look to execute. We have to bat for long periods, and this is something we have been working on. We have to make sure we put our runs on the board. We want to give our bowlers something to bowl at and ensure that we stay in the game at all times."
Although wickets in Sri Lanka have offered assistance to seamers of late, in the last three years, Sri Lanka’s most successful bowlers in the Test arena at home have been spinners, Muttiah Muralitharan (61 wkts), Ajantha Mendis (41 wkts), and Rangana Herath (24 wkts).
With Muttiah Muralitharan retiring from Test cricket and Ajantha Mendis being sidelined by the Sri Lankan selectors only due to India’s ability to counter his threat, Sri Lanka will bank on Rangana Herath and Suraj Randiv to spearhead their spin bowling attack.
Sri Lanka, however, are yet to announce their squad for the series.
The tour kicks off with the first Test match starting November 15 in Galle.
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