Dubai, August 22 (IANS) Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has predicted that the defending champions of the West Indies will go all the way to the T20 World Cup trophy for men. He also said that the team that tops from Group 1 where the West Indies are located will reach the final.
“It’s no idea to me – the Caribbean all the way,” Sammy declared in an ICC Digital Show.
He explained: “When you look at the West Indies and people might say that I sound biased, but in the last four (three) tournaments we have managed to get to the last four and win two out of it. Our players, the caliber of players we have – when you look at Captain Pollard, he’s back, Universe boss Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Evin Lewis, I could go on a long list of guys, who can just take the attack to you. “
The 37-year-old Sammy was the winning captain of the West Indies title triumphs in 2012 and 2016. He further said that England’s players adapt to the conditions quite well and expect them to reach the semi-finals with the West Indies from a super competition Group 1.
“When you look at England, who have played some excellent T20 cricket finalists in the last (T20 World Cup for men) in 2016, they won it in the Caribbean. “To me, that means two venues where the courses are the same – India and the Caribbean – they have won and they have reached the final, so their players adapt to the conditions quite well,” said Sammy.
He added that Australia, who have yet to win a T20 World Cup for men, will itch to go the distance. “If you look at Australia, who have not got their fingers in this silverware, they will be desperate to get it. The caliber of players they have – so many players playing in the IPL – who understand the conditions. ”
Sammy also felt that the hard-hitting Russell would have the most races in the tournament. “Someone who beats in the top three should get the most races. You’re talking about someone like a Virat Kohli. But getting the most races does not necessarily mean that your team will win the tournament. I’m more interested in who should be the ‘Player of the Tournament’. Someone like Andre Andre, who bowls and bats and comes in at crucial times, will come out with that title. ”
He also signaled that Sri Lanka and Ireland will be the two teams to advance from Group A to the Super 12 phase, citing experience.
The T20 World Cup for men will be held between October 17 and November 14 in Oman and the UAE. The Super 12 phase of the showpiece event starts on October 23rd.
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