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Legendary West Indies pace bowler Sir Curtley Ambrose has admitted that he is gutted that the national team will not be competing at the Champions Trophy in England next month.
The West Indies failed to qualify for the tournament and will instead take on Afghanistan in a limited overs series on home soil.
With the men from the Caribbean having missed out on a major International Cricket Council (ICC) event, Ambrose made it clear that they must use it to fuel their desire to rekindle West Indies cricket.
“It’s really a shame. It is sad. I never thought the time would come when we, as a West Indies team, would miss a Champions Trophy,” he told the Royal Gazette. “It’s not a nice feeling at all, but that’s the way it is. We are not playing as well as we can, so it’s up to us as a nation, and the cricketers themselves, to bring back this tradition we have to get West Indies cricket near the top again.”
The West Indies are also in danger of failing to automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup as they have to be among the top eight sides on the ODI rankings prior to the deadline in September.
Should they stay in their current position of ninth, the West Indies will have to go through a qualification tournament in order to book their spot in the event.
When asked why the West Indies are struggling, Ambrose attributed it to their lack of consistency rather than a shortage of talented players.
“Potential and talent have never been the question,” he said. “It’s just we’ve not kept the results that we want. From time to time, there have been some good performances, but we’re not consistent enough.”