Cricketing Legend Sir Viv Richards has said that West Indies World Cup 2015 squad lead by Jason Holder is very much balanced and if they can show discipline in all departments of the game, then they can surely go the distance in the mega event.
When asked about Dwayne Bravo’s and Kieron Pollard’s axe from the squad, he said that it is up to the selectors to choose the best team for the World Cup and assured that they always do what is in the best interest of West Cricket.
Sir Viv Richards talked about the complete squad of West Indies in his exclusive column for ICC Website and the quotes of that are mentioned below:
On Bravo and Pollard’s axe:
“At this stage, we must respect the people who select the team and it is not for me to say whether this decision is right or wrong. “
On Jason Holder:
“As captain, Jason Holder will have his hands full. It is too soon to judge whether this is the correct move for such a big tournament because he is quite young.”
On Sunil Narine’s return:
“Narine’s return will be a huge boost for the team because he is a class spinner in any format of the game. We know what he is capable of and I am looking forward to seeing him perform at his best and help this team accomplish their goal of winning the ICC Cricket World Cup.”
On who can be their best batsmen:
“Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels. Simmons is aggressive and Darren Bravo is stylish, and both are good batsmen who will like the hard, bouncy wickets in Australia and New Zealand. Bravo is returning to the side after a long absence and will be looking forward to show his worth. There is also Marlon Samuels who is a class batsman and quite a handful with his spin, and that will also be a bonus for the team.”
On their bowling:
“I am quite happy with the bowling unit. Along with Holder, there is Jerome Taylor who is returning to the side. He looks fit and hungry, and I am not sure why he was out of reckoning for so long. When Kemar Roach is on song, he is among the quickest bowlers in the world.”
On their team as a whole:
“There are no certain favourites this time unlike the last couple of editions and this is an open tournament like in 1992. With players like Gayle, Samuels, Darren Bravo, Simmons and Narine, West Indies has a crucial mixture of experience along with the desire to prove something. There can be no other target than winning the tournament, of course. They are good fielders, and if they can be disciplined in both batting and bowling, they can go the distance.”