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    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">The Guardian (blog)Forget Mitchell Johnson, remember when West Indies truly ruled by paceThe Guardian (blog)Now, inspired he says on the cover by Riley's film, he has fleshed out the idea further with a book that carries the same name and a subtitle 'How the West Indies cricket team brought a people to its feet'. My eye was drawn to an endorsement on the ...
  • West Indies Cricket Board President Dave Cameron Supports Inclusion of T20 ... - NDTVSports.com
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">NDTVSports.comWest Indies Cricket Board President Dave Cameron Supports Inclusion of T20 ...
  • Has Test cricket in West Indies become irrelevant? - Sportskeeda
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">SportskeedaHas Test cricket in West Indies become irrelevant?SportskeedaWest Indies have won just six while they have lost 11 of the 20 Test matches they have played since the start of 2013. A deeper look into this stat shows that they have lost all their eight Test matches abroad while they have won just half of their ...
  • Worcestershire sign West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel on short-term deal - The Guardian
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">The GuardianWorcestershire sign West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel on short-term dealThe Guardian... replace the Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal, who is returning to his homeland after next week's game against Sussex. Gabriel will be available to face Durham at Chester-le-Street and Middlesex at New Road, subject to the West Indies Cricket Board ...
  • USA Cricket: West Indies Legends tour New York - Dreamcricket
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">DreamcricketUSA Cricket: West Indies Legends tour New YorkDreamcricketOver the past decade we have seen more and more youths playing the game. The best known youth tournament is the New York City PSAL cricket tournament. This program has just completed its eighth year. Over the past week a squad of former West Indies ...and more »
  • Stripping Gayle of the captaincy, among other things, destabilised West Indies ... - Stabroek News
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">Stripping Gayle of the captaincy, among other things, destabilised West Indies ...
  • WICB can't ignore latest call for change - ESPNcricinfo.com
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.comWICB can't ignore latest call for changeESPNcricinfo.comIt has become a habitual question that continues to defy an acceptable answer. The West Indies Cricket Board has twice commissioned reports to recommend changes to its governance. Each time it ignored their main points. In the meantime, the game in the ...Indian Supreme Court ruling should trigger admin changes in WICBCricket Countryall 18 news articles »
  • I was a nervous wreck playing Indian spinners: Vivian Richards - Hindustan Times
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">Hindustan TimesI was a nervous wreck playing Indian spinners: Vivian RichardsHindustan TimesVivian Richards (Former West Indies Batsman) with Bishan Singh Bedi (Former Indian Cricketer) during an Interview at Hyatt Hotel, New Delhi. (Virendra .... Bedi quizzes him further about cricket in the West Indies and how it affects the game at a ...
  • Smith happy with 'work-out' against Ireland - gulfnews.com
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">The Express TribuneSmith happy with 'work-out' against Irelandgulfnews.comIt was our first game of white ball cricket since the World Cup final. “And with the ... Ireland, in their latest example of giant-killing, beat the West Indies at the World Cup only to be denied a place in the quarter-finals by the Test side on net ...
  • Why England's T20 could do with a format revamp - ESPNcricinfo.com
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.comWhy England's T20 could do with a format revampESPNcricinfo.com... it is important to remain realistic about how closely the IPL's successes can be replicated elsewhere, given the unique size and nature of India's market, but the Big Bash League in Australia and Caribbean Premier League in the West Indies have ...

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.