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ICC WT20 2016 Preview: West Indies

In the present day cricket, T20I is the best format for the West Indies team. The 2012 World T20 Champions are one of the favourite teams in the upcoming WT20, though there is a big question mark on the team moral.

At present, the team is hardly focusing on the international cricket. In 2016, they have yet to play a limited-over international game while they have only played a Test match against Australia in 2016. Since the end of World T20 2014, West Indies have played 8 T20Is out of which they have won 4 T20Is, lost 3 T20Is and the other 1 T20I failed to produce a result.

The 2012 WT20 champions’ skipper Darren Sammy has been retained as captain in T20I for the Caribbean team. The board put faith in him once again. The Caribbean fans are hoping that the team will fulfill their wishes once again in the WT20 but first of all the team should need to take the tournament seriously.

Like the other teams, they have also some strengths and weaknesses in T20I.

These are discussed briefly in the following:

Strength

Batting is the biggest strength of West Indies team in T20I cricket. Despite non-presence of Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons; West Indies team has enough power-hitters in their batting line-up to destroy any other opponents. The batsmen like Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell etc. can destroy single-handedly any opponent team on their day.  The fielding side is also good.

In the addition, this time, WT20 is being played in India which is a very familiar condition for the many West Indies players as most of their players feature in the IPL (Indian Premier League).

Weakness

In the absence of off-spinner Sunil Narine, West Indies team’s bowling strength hampered big time due to the inconsistent form of the other bowlers. West Indies have a lot of talented bowlers in this WT20 squad but till the date, they have failed to utilise their talents consistently on the international circuit.

But the team’s biggest weakness is the long-running conflict between the players and the national cricket board members, which will not stop anytime soon. It affected hugely in terms of team morale. As a result, players are continuously failing to concentrate on the games. The situation is going from bad to worse with the time. Adding to that, lack of international match practice in the recent time affect the Caribbean team’s performances in the WT20 2016.

All other important information of West Indies cricket in T20Is are given below:

West Indies’s 15-man squad for 2016 WT20: – Darren Sammy (c), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Evin Lewis

COACH: Phil Simmons

Fixtures of West Indies in 2016 WT20:

Group 1

16th March – West Indies vs England at Mumbai

20th March – West Indies vs Sri Lanka at Bengaluru

25th March – West Indies vs South Africa at Nagpur

27th March – West Indies vs Afghanistan (QB1) at Nagpur

 

West Indies performance history in the WT20 (against 2016 WT20’s Group 1 teams)

Opposition Matches Won Loss Tie/No Result
England 3 3 0 0/0
Sri Lanka 6 1 5 0/0
South Africa 2 0 2 0/0
Afghanistan

 

West Indies performance history in T20I (against 2016 WT20’s Group 1 teams)

Opposition Matches Won Loss Tie/No Result
England 12 8 4 0/0
Sri Lanka 8 2 6 0/0
South Africa 9 3 6 0/0
Afghanistan

 

West Indies performances in the previous World T20s:

Year Host Nation Finishing Position
2007 South Africa Group Stage (Round 1)
2009 England Semi-final
2010 West Indies Super 8 (Round 2)
2012 Sri Lanka Champion
2014 Bangladesh Semi Final

 

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