The West Indies team’s upcoming
tour of Sri Lanka is being seen as excellent preparation for next month’s
International Cricket Council’s World Cup to be played in Asia.
Head Coach Ottis Gibson said the three
matches in Sri Lanka will give the team a chance to get acclimatized to the
conditions, where the tenth Cricket World Cup will also be played. Captain
Darren Sammy will rely on the senior players like Chris Gayle, Shivnarine
Chanderpaul, Darren Bravo and the recalled Ramnaresh Sarwan to deliver. Kemar
Roach will spearhead the attack and the big hitting Kieron Pollard will be
heavily relied on.
Gibson said: “It is a good
opportunity to put some of the plans in place that we are going to take into
the World Cup. When we went for the Test series we did really well as a team
and we made progress. We also had a chance to get used to the conditions.
“Now we are heading back to Sri
Lanka for these three One Day Internationals and we will be looking to put in
place the plans that we will be taking into the World Cup. The players are
fresh out of the Caribbean Twenty20 and all the players are ready for what we
have coming up.”
The West Indies played to a 0-0
result in the three-match Test Series last month. The One Day Series was to be
played in December but was rescheduled due to bad weather. Gibson said the
ultimate goal on tour was to win the World Cup. The Windies have been drawn in
Group B alongside South Africa, Netherlands, India, Bangladesh, England and Ireland
in the 14 team event.
He said: “I think we have a team
that can win the World Cup. We will go there with the expectation of doing very
well and putting ourselves in a position that we can reach the semi-finals,
which is a very realistic possibility. We would love to win and we will try to
win. The aim is to reach the semi finals and put ourselves in a position to
capitalise from there.
“The Cricket World Cup is one of
the biggest stages in international sport and we want to make sure we feature
during the tournament. We are not listed among the favourites and that could
work in our favour.”
WINDIES SQUAD: Darren Sammy (captain), Adrian
Barath, Carlton Baugh, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shiv
Chanderpaul, Chris Gayle, Nikita Miller, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar
Roach, Andre Russell, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Devon Smith.
Team Management Unit: Ottis Gibson
(Head Coach), Richie Richardson (Team Manager), David Williams (Assistant
Coach), C.J Clark (Physiotherapist), Hector Martinez Charles (Strength and
Conditioning Co-ordinator), Richard Berridge (Video and Statistical Analyst),
Philip Spooner (Media Manager), Virgil Browne (Massage Therapist).