Thursday, February 22, 2018

Sir Richie: WI ready

 West Indies men’s team manager Sir Richie Richardson says the West Indies are in good form and can beat any team once they play up to mark.

Speaking to WICB media after a practice session yesterday, Richards said the team was responding well to  training was in good spirits.

“Everybody is healthy and rearing to go. As defending champions we know that  a lot is expected of us but we are just focusing on the things we know we need to do  to win the tournament again,” Richardson, the former Windies captain, said.

The West Indies come up against India today in a tough group that also contains Sri Lanka  and Australia.

And Richardson said the defending champions will not be taking any opposition including the Indians lightly

 “Obviously we have to  take one match at a time.  India obviously is not going to be an easy opposition  in our first match but we believe the form we are in  and how well we have been playing that  we can beat anyone that comes our way,” Richardson stated.

Having said that, Richardson said results will be determined by how well  teams play on the day so the Darren Sammy-led side needs to be consistent.

“We have got to try and win every  single match. We can’t take anyone for granted.  It is going be a tough tournament because everyone obviously wants to win so  we are prepared and  we are going to do our best and  look to win it again,” Richardson said.

Richardson said the West Indies are counting on the experience of players like Sammy, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo etc, who played in the Windies’ successful 2012 ICC T20 bid.

“They know what its like to win  so it’s good for us  but we still have to focus on a lot of things  wee need to do to make sure that we win every single match.