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  • West Indies should persist with youth - ESPNcricinfo.com
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    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">NDTVSports.comWest Indies Cricket Board Lauds Zaheer Abbas' as ICC PresidentNDTVSports.comThe West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron has hailed the appointment of new International Cricket Council (ICC) president Zaheer Abbas, labelling the former Pakistan captain "one of the true greats of the game". Zaheer, 67, was ...West Indies lauds Zaheer Abbas' appointment as ICC presidentZee Newsall 337 news articles »
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  • Wavell Hinds: West Indies cricket structure needs improvement - Cricket Country
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">Cricket CountryWavell Hinds: West Indies cricket structure needs improvementCricket CountryKingston (Jamaica): West Indies Players Association (WIPA) chief Wavell Hinds believes there needs to be greater communication among they key stakeholders in the West Indies cricket and says a harmonious relationship with the West Indies Cricket Board ...Hinds says improved communication needed for cricket successStabroek Newsall 10 news articles »
  • I knew World Cup axe was coming - Dwayne Bravo - ESPNcricinfo.com
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.comI knew World Cup axe was coming - Dwayne BravoESPNcricinfo.comWest Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo has revealed that his exclusion from the squad for the World Cup did not come as a surprise, and he and Kieron Pollard were expecting the axe - which he called a "big joke" - from the West Indies Cricket Board ...
  • USA Cricket: West Indies cricket legends heading to New York - Dreamcricket
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">USA Cricket: West Indies cricket legends heading to New YorkDreamcricketA team of West Indies Cricket Legends, spearheaded by the legendary Sir Garfield Sobers, will be heading to New York to attend a star-studded dinner reception and to play two T20 games. Some of the other high-profile names who are part of this event ...and more »
  • Gayle still wants to be a West Indies force - ESPNcricinfo.com
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.comGayle still wants to be a West Indies forceESPNcricinfo.com"It's a test of character but the entertainment part of cricket is phenomenal. T20 has actually brought new cricket fans into the game, so we have to continue with this as well so that people who didn't watch can eventually get to watch Test cricket ...
  • Top 10 Cricket video games that can help Indian fans recover - Businessinsider India
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">Businessinsider IndiaTop 10 Cricket video games that can help Indian fans recoverBusinessinsider IndiaOne of the alternatives to EA Cricket 2007, this game by Code-Masters was released amid the Cricket World Cup 2007 in West Indies. Interestingly it was named Ricky Ponting Cricket 2007 in Australia and New Zealand and Yuvraj Singh Cricket 2007 in India ...

West Indies ICC World Cup 2011 Profile

West Indies won two consecutive World Cup tournaments (1975 and 1979) in their glory days.
West Indies won two consecutive World Cup tournaments (1975 and 1979) in their glory days.

Strength

West Indies is not only of the strongest sides around but their flair and style is one that keeps the crowds interested. The batting has a lot of colour to it and batsmen like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo hold the ability to change things around with the bat in their hand.

 

Weakness

Over the period of time, the lack of unity in the ranks has been their biggest weakness. The West Indies cricket is run by a cricket board which is mired in politics and mistrust and that has begun to show in their on-field performances. Ever since winning the first two editions of the World Cup and then finishing runner-up in the third, West Indies have never got to the final of another one and the deterioration has been brought about by their lack of professionalism, on and off the field.

Opportunity

West Indies have a new captain after a reluctant Chris Gayle was shown the door and Darren Sammy brought in. Usually, such a change, so close to the World Cup could have spelt doom but for a side like West Indies, the last thing one needed was a captain who was more interested in the monies of the IPL and the likes. Sammy should bring in a fresh perspective and help gelling the side together.

Threat

West Indies will find it difficult to adjust to the Indian sub-continental tracks more than most of the rest of the teams because of their lack of experience here. Some of the players from the sides like Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Sri Lanka have been a part of the IPL and hence shouldn’t have issues in adapting to the conditions but not too many West Indians have been here before. Without a quality spinner in their ranks, things could become even more difficult for the team and that will make it tough for the Caribbean team.

Previous Record

West Indies had won the first two editions of the World Cups and they were mesmerizing in the two tournaments. Both the World Cups were won without dropping a game and they had gone into the third one in 1983 as favourites. India had upset the West Indian applecart in the final and since then the West Indian side has struggled. They failed to get to the semi-finals of the 1987 and 1992 edition of the tournament and while in 1996, they fell to Australia in a close game. They failed again in 1999, 2003 and their home World Cup in 2007 and will look to at least get to the final four stage this time.

Expected Captain

Their current captain is Darren Sammy but it remains to be seen how this one pans out.

Players to look out for

West Indies will depend heavily on Gayle, Bravo and Pollard but will also need Shivnarine Chanderpaul to act as a senior partner through most part of the tournament. The side will also need a fit couple of pace bowlers in Jermaine Lawson and Jerome Taylor to have any chance of making it through.