• New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori believes that his players will be able to put their experiences in the Indian Premier League to good use during the ICC World Twenty20 2009.New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori believes his players will be able to put their experiences in the Indian Premier League to good use during the ICC World Twenty20.
     

    The left-arm spinner was one of four members of the Black Caps squad to take part in the competition that recently finished in South Africa.
     

    Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder endured contrasting fortunes throughout their participation, with only Taylor an unqualified success.
     

    Taylor outshone compatriot Ryder as batting team-mates for Royal Challengers Bangalore (280 runs @ 31.11 compared to 56 runs @ 11.20).
     

    McCullum suffered a harrowing time as skipper of rock-bottom Kolkata Knight Riders, although his batting form did pick up in the latter stages to see him finish with 285 runs @ 23.75.
     

    For Vettori's part, he featured in

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  • West Indies captain Chris Gayle is looking forward to putting a difficult few weeks behind him when the ICC World Twenty20 2009 gets underway.West Indies captain Chris Gayle is looking forward to putting a difficult few weeks behind him when the ICC World Twenty20 gets underway.
     

    The left-handed batsman has come in for heavy criticism over his leadership skills during convincing Test and ODI series defeats at the hands of England.
     

    Gayle is now intent on letting his destructive batting do the talking when the competition starts for his team against Australia at the Oval on Saturday (June 6).
     

    "I have nothing to prove to anyone," Gayle asserted. "I'm just here to play a good game of cricket and see how well we can do in this Twenty20. I'm just going out there to enjoy the game."
     

    Successive 2-0 losses in Test and 50-over formats may have sapped the morale of the West Indies squad – particularly on the back of a much better showing against the same opposition at home – but Gayle is

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  • Pakistan captain Younis Khan believes a good showing by his side in the ICC World Twenty20 in England will boost morale back home.Pakistan captain Younis Khan believes a good showing by his side in the ICC World Twenty20 in England will boost morale back home.
     

    Security issues have drawn a temporary halt to international cricket in Pakistan so Younis and his men are aiming to bring a smile back to the country's face with a successful Twenty20 campaign this June.  
     

    Younis said: "Every single person follows T20 [back home] so if we reach the final [stages] that will be an achievement for us. Last time we were second so if we do well – especially because it's in England with all the media attention – it will be good for Pakistani cricket."
     

    Pakistan have completed just one Test match in the last year-and-a-half but they have been slightly more fortunate in terms of limited-overs matches.
     

    Nonetheless, the Asian side have been starved of cricket in all formats by comparison to their main

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