Coach expects Windies women to impress in India

Bridgetown (Barbados), Jan 24 (IANS/CMC) Head coach Sherwin Campbell says he anticipates an impressive showing from the West Indies in the ICC Women's cricket World Cup which begins Jan 31 in India.

The 15-member team, captained by Merissa Aguilleira, left the Caribbean Tuesday to participate in the tenth edition of the tournament which runs until Feb 17, reports CMC.

Campbell says the Windies players are in high spirits particularly after performances which carried them to the finals of last year's T20 World Cup where they lost by 28 runs to Australia.

"We are expecting to do well. We did pretty well in the last T20 world cup. We are looking forward to this world cup," Campbell told journalists.

The West Indies will play warm-up games Jan 28 and 29 before opening their campaign against India at Wankhede Stadium Jan 31.

"Most of the girls are familiar with the conditions. It's just a matter of getting to it as quick as possible and getting acclimatized and hit the ground running from day one," said Campbell, a former West Indies opener.

"We have two warm-up games before we play again and a couple days to get acclimatized. So I am looking forward to the competition."

The West Indies are in group A with Sri Lanka, India and England while group B comprises Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.

England are the defending champions after beating Australia in the 2009 finals in Sydney.

--IANS/CMC

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