Gibson optimistic about West Indies’ World T20 chances
Bridgetown, Barbados – West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said he was optimistic of his side’s chances in the World Twenty20 Tournament taking place this month in Sri Lanka.
Gibson said the composition of the team struck the right balance between experience and talent, and he expected West Indies to live up to his long-held belief that they had the potential to win the World T20 title.
“The players have done very well at the camp and looking at the composition of the team. . .we have a good combination, a good mix of experience and young players. . .and we feel we have a real good chance of doing very well in this tournament,” said Gibson prior to the team’s departure on Sunday.
Gibson noted that players like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine have done very well in the T20 format. “They have been stars of the Indian Premier League, and have in-depth knowledge of this format,” he said. “The captain, Darren Sammy, is in great form, so too Andre Russell and Fidel Edwards, and there are others that can step up.”
The World T20 features 12 teams and will be played from September 18 to October 7. West Indies have been drawn in Group B along with Australia and Ireland – and both first round matches will be played at the Premadasa Stadium in Sri Lanka capital of Colombo.
Gibson said it was hard to predict which sides were the biggest threat in the competition and it was important that West Indies focus on the things within their control. “On the day, if everybody executes well, anybody can win a match,” he said. “We have seen it before. . .In this format, anything is possible. “It is important that you are on top of your game on the day, on top of your plans, and people stick to their skills, and always doing the basics. “This game still revolves around string basics, so it is important for our guys to be looking after those basics all the time.”
West Indies open the tournament against the Aussies on Saturday, September 22 followed by a clash with the Irish on Monday, September 24.
Squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo (vice-captain), Samuel Badree, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Smith.
WINDIES’ WORLD T20 SCHEDULE
Thursday, Sep 13: West Indies vs Sri Lanka – NCC, Colombo
Monday, Sep 17: West Indies vs Afghanistan – P Sara Oval, Colombo
First round matches
Saturday, Sep 22: vs Australia – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Monday, Sep 24: vs Ireland – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Super Eight matches
Thursday, Sep 27: C1 v D2 – Pallekele
Thursday, Sep 27: A1 v B2 – Pallekele
Friday, Sep 28: D1 v C2 – Colombo
Friday, Sep 28: B1 v A2 – Colombo
Saturday, Sep 29: A1 v D2 – Pallekele
Saturday, Sep 29: C1 v B2 – Pallekele
Sunday Sep 30: B1 v C2 – Colombo
Sunday Sep 30: D1 v A2 – Colombo
Monday, Oct 1: B2 v D2 – Pallekele
Monday, Oct 1: A1 v C1 – Pallekele
Tuesday, Oct 2: B1 v D1 – Colombo
Tuesday, Oct 2: A2 v C2 – Colombo
Thursday, Oct 4: Super 8 Group 1-1 vs Super 8 Group 2-2 – R Premadasa Stadium
Friday, Oct 5: Super 8 Group 2-1 vs Super 8 Group 1-2 – R Premadasa Stadium
Sunday, Oct 7 – R Premadasa Stadium