Sammy wants to bring the trophy home after the team had a dismal showing in the last ICC World Twenty20
West Indies captain Darren Sammy has announced that he believes there is nothing stopping the team from going all the way to win the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.
Sammy also stated that he was grateful for the continuous support from loyal fans and vowed to make them proud by bringing the trophy home.
“This is a huge tournament for the team and the fans as well, we believe we can win, but it will be hard, tough work. Once we play together and continue to get the backing of the fans, we know we can lift the title,” Sammy said.
Before the start of the ICC World Twenty2o in Sri Lanka, the West Indies had a nine-day training camp at the High Performance Centre in Barbados and played some warm-up matches as well.
Speaking about the benefits his team gained from the camp and the warm-up matches, Sammy said: “The camp went very well and we are all in the right frame of mind, we played two practice matches at the Three Ws Oval here in Barbados, and it was truly amazing to see how many fans came out to watch the matches, talk to us, and encourage us. People have been talking to us on the streets and have just been warm and friendly. I want to urge everyone to continue to rally around the West Indies.”
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson stated that he was pleased to see the hard work the team put in during the training camp pay off in the tournament.
“The players have done very well at the camp and we have a good combination, a good mix of experience and young players,” Gibson said.
With a roster of players all suited to the Twenty20 format, it comes as no surprise that the West Indies are being labelled as the heavy favourites to win the tournament.
Gibson is also proud of the team he has put together and stated that their experience in playing in multiple domestic Twenty20 tournaments around the world will come in handy.
“They have been stars of the Indian Premier League, and have in-depth knowledge of this format, the captain, Darren Sammy, is in great form, so too Andre Russell and Fidel Edwards, and there are others that can step up,” Gibson added.
In the previous ICC World Twenty20 in 2010, the West Indies failed to make the semi-finals despite playing at home, and now they are looking to avenge their disappointing performance with a win in Sri Lanka.