ORLANDO, Florida – Members of the West Indies cricket team assembled in Florida on Monday for a one-week Elite Team Tour. The group of players and team management have been joined by WICB President Dave Cameron as they prepare for the upcoming tours of India and New Zealand.

Players show their enjoyment during the first session during the West Indies players Elite Team Tour in Florida on Monday, October 21, 2013. WICB Media Photo

During the week the team will be involved in several team building exercises – indoors and outdoors – as well as interaction with Dr Jason Scott Hamilton, the Jamaican Elite Sports Psychologist, who has worked with the team for the last six months.

In welcoming the group, Mr Cameron outlined the WICB’s vision.

“When we play we represent all the people of the region and all the people around the world who support West Indies cricket.  We are looking for a partnership that says ‘West Indian people and what we do is vitally important’ and we represent them with pride and passion. This is part of the vision we have to reposition West Indies Cricket as a global brand,” Mr Cameron said.

“We want to create a culture of unity, winning and overall success. We are not saying you’re not going to lose games – every sports team will lose games – but it is how we lose. We should always go down to the end in every game. We are for partnerships which will see the brand West Indies Cricket continue to grow. We want to see our players develop on and off the field and see our cricket reach the top again.”

Speaking after the first session on Monday, fast bowler Tino Best said he was happy to be involved.

“As a team we are working towards bigger and better things so I’m really happy to be here at the camp for this week. We have the motto ‘One Team One Goal’ and as players we can always get more information and form a closer bond. We have two tough tours of India and New Zealand coming up, so this will form the beginning of what we believe is something special.”

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