The Newsroom previews the teams of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Today, West Indies.
Pool B: India, Ireland, Pakistan, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, West Indies, Zimbabwe
There’s magic in Kingston Town, and the Windies hope to bring that magic to Australia for the Cricket World Cup.
They have good reason to be confident after their win against Scotland in the warm-up match this week.
But the old winning magic from their iconic team of the 70s and 80s may be hard to find because times change and, sadly, so do great sport teams.
In fact West Indies cricket of late has been plagued with mismanagement, according to media circles.
All sorts of issues have arisen, including fights over player selection and the cancellation of a recently planned tour of India.
They also had a highly unsuccessful tour of South Africa in recent years.
Their one saving grace was their World Twenty20 success in 2012.
The team: Questions are asked about why the West Indies have chosen a 23-year-old captain, Jason Holder – their youngest captain ever. On paper, he does not look like captain material. He’s a stayer with the bat and he is a reliable medium/fast bowler. However, this is not necessarily licence to be an international captain. He has been chosen in place of former captain Darren Sammy, who is also playing.
Player to watch: The big disappointment is the absence of big hitter of the ball, Kieron Pollard, who has played in the Adelaide Strikers in recent times. He is replaced by Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels who are big hitters.
In typical Windies tradition, there is a strong pace line up. This includes Jerome Taylor, Andre Russell and Kemar Roach.
Prediction: The West Indies have the basic ingredients to be successful, but they need to work together as one unit. They should do well if they play to their full potential. – Joseph Walz