Helping hand from a legend February 8, 2005

Sobers extends help to Scotland side

Cricinfo staff

Garry Sobers: wants Scotland to come out to Barbados for his new tournament © Getty Images

Sir Garfield Sobers, the West Indies legend, intends to assist the Scotland team for the 2007 World Cup, and help them make an impact on the tournament to be held in the Caribbean. Scotland participated in the 1999 World Cup in England and lost all five encounters against some of the best teams in the world.

Sobers has invited Craig Wright's side to participate in a new tournament, the Sir Garry Sobers Barbados League Championship, which will take place in September. And the Scots will be invited again the following year if they manage to qualify for the World Cup.

Don Gooding, Sobers's agent, said: "Garry really wants Scotland to come out to Barbados for his new tournament. He feels it would give the Scottish lads good exposure. The Scottish lads need to get used to the conditions in the Caribbean if they are to compete in the World Cup."