Calcutta: West Indies captain Darren Sammy feels the team has the self-belief to go all the way and lift the ICC World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka. Sammy said he was touched by the support from the fans and urged them to continue showing faith in the team.
“This is a huge tournament for the team and the fans as well, so we will go to Sri Lanka and give it all we’ve got,” Sammy said in a WICB release before the team’s departure for Sri Lanka.
“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.”
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The squad had been training at the High Performance Centre in Barbados for nine days. The World T20 will be the team’s first international assignment after the home series against New Zealand.
“The camp went off very well and we are all in the right frame of mind,” Sammy said. “We will head off to Sri Lanka believing in ourselves and believing in each other."
“A few days ago, we played two practice matches at the Three Ws Oval 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 are one of the in-form teams coming into the tournament, having beaten a struggling New Zealand comprehensively in all three formats.
They were boosted by the return of Chris Gayle to international cricket after a long stand-off with the WICB. Several players have been the most sought-after in various Twenty20 leagues, including Gayle, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo.
The team failed to make the semi-finals in the 2010 edition, despite playing at home. They made the semis in 2009 before bowing out to Sri Lanka. In this edition, West Indies are in Group B along with Australia and Ireland.