Wednesday 18 June 2014 

Audio - Sir Andy Roberts On The Importance Of Caribbean Premier League

Double World Cup winner and St Lucia Zouks mentor Sir Andy Roberts talks to Cricket World about the important role that he sees the Caribbean Premier League playing in West Indian cricket.

Although Roberts, part of the West Indian team that won the World Cup in 1975 and 1979, played his cricket with Antigua, he works with the Saint Lucia Zouks, who endured a disappointing tournament last year, finishing on the bottom of the table.

While he does not give away any plans he has to get the team up the table, he talks in glowing terms about how important the tournament is in developing West Indian cricket.

"There was a resurgence in crowd participation," he says of last year's inaugural event, won by the Jamaica Tallawahs.

"I haven't seen crowds like that in the West Indies since 20 or 25 years ago when the West Indies were at their highest peak.

"With these crowds, the interest in cricket among youngsters should come back," he adds.

"This year, I hope it will be even more exciting and we'll get a lot more youngters wanting to play cricket as a result."

Roberts will be lending his considerable experience and knowledge to the Zouks side, led by Darren Sammy, and he has already targeted improving the side's death bowling ahead of this year's campaign.

And he adds: "Without proper bowling, you can't win - it doesn't matter how well you bat, it's how you bowl that dictates whether you win or lose matches."

Sir Andy Roberts was speaking in anticipation of the 2014 Limacol Caribbean Premier League. Andy is a mentor for the St Lucia Zouks as the Biggest Party in Sport begins on 11 July in Grenada. For more info visit CPLT20.com

Sir Andy Roberts: The game cannot survive without youngsters coming into it

Sir Andy Roberts: 'The game cannot survive without youngsters coming into it'

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