Gibson relies on three novices

Head Coach Ottis Gibson believes he has a trio of young fast bowlers who can bring glory to the West Indies at the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Gibson, a former fast bowler himself, who played in the 1996 World Cup in the sub-continent. He said: “Kemar Roach is just 22 and he’s quite talented. We saw when he toured Australia 15 months ago and when he played in the Test series in Sri Lanka last year that he has what it takes. Andre Russell is a very exciting prospect and he’s just 22 as well. He is a big, tall fellow and he has got some pace.

“Ravi Rampaul has been playing first-class and international cricket for a long time but he’s still a relatively young guys as well. This is his time to shine. There’s no bigger stage, no bigger opportunity.

“So we have a good group of bowlers. They need support and they need to be fit for a period of time and we will see the results.

“We know we have the team to can go all the distance. Every match is important for us. Yes people are not giving us a chance. That is because West Indies have not given good results in recent years.

“But that gives us an opportunity to go out there and prove everyone wrong. We can stay focussed on our job and surprise a few people. We will go there with the expectation of doing very well.”

The West Indies have been drawn in Group B alongside Bangladesh, India, England, South Africa, the Netherlands and Ireland. The Windies bowl off against South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Thursday. They then face the Netherlands (February 28, Delhi), Bangladesh (March 4, Dhaka), Ireland (March 11, Mohali), England (March 17, Chennai), and India (March 20, Chennai).

Gibson noted: “The World Cup is a high-intensity tournament. We played South Africa at home last year. Though we lost the series 5-0, there were a lot of moments where we had the opposition in trouble.

“It’s just that we were not able to take advantage of those situations. So we know how to approach the game and not repeat those mistakes.”

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