The West Indies will travel to India in November for a two-Test tour, which will also mark end of an era in Indian cricket with Sachin Tendulkar deciding to quit following that series. But the travellers plan to beat India and upset the country's plans of a grand farewell to its favourite son.
Addressing media in St. Kitts on Sunday, coach Ottis Gibson said presence of experienced players in the squad should help the team do better than the last time they toured India, while admitting that it won't be easy.
"We are not saying we cannot beat India, but we know it is going to be tough. The last time we went to India, we had a couple of inexperienced guys and we put up a good show. So hopefully this time with a bit more experience, we can go one better and win the series. There is no reason why we can't," Gibson said.
The Windies have not played Test cricket for some time, and and the team is training hard during a fitness and medical camp to ensure players stay fit as the team will be on the road for a long time. Following their India tour, West Indies will tour the New Zealand for three Tests, five ODIs and two T20s.
"Things have been going well; the doctors haven't reported anything untoward to me as yet, so fingers crossed that everybody is fit to get on the plane," the coach said.
West Indies will play two Tests and three one-day internationals on their tour of India, which begins with the first Test from Nov 6-10 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.