Tough World Cup for Windies

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GUWAHATI, In­dia – Leg­endary for­mer West In­dies cap­tain Sir Vi­vian Richards has held out lit­tle hope of the Caribbean side win­ning this year’s

ICC World Cup in Eng­land.

He iden­ti­fied the hosts along with five-time win­ners and reign­ing cham­pi­ons Aus­tralia as among his favourites but over­looked the strug­gling Windies.

“Eng­land has played well [in the past] but al­ways they have fallen short at the last mo­ment. It is a good team al­ways,” Sir Viv told re­porters.

Great teams

“Pak­istan and In­dia are two teams that can de­feat any­one. Aus­tralia is an­other great team. So, I think there are four, five teams that have the po­ten­tial to win 2019 World Cup.”

West In­dies are ranked ninth in the ICC one-day rank­ings, a po­si­tion that forced them to play a qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment last March in or­der to reach the May 30 to July 14 tour­na­ment.

The West In­dies have won just three of 11 games this year in bi­lat­eral se­ries. More glar­ingly, West In­dies have not won an ODI se­ries in four years.

Sir Viv, a mem­ber of the World Cup- win­ning sides of 1975 and 1979, said he was hope­ful the Windies would im­prove their for­tunes.

“In the lim­ited overs game, it all de­pends on how you play on that par­tic­u­lar day. If it is a bad day, even a bad team can de­feat you,” Sir Viv pointed out. “I hope to see the team where it be­longs.”

Sir Viv starred in the 1975 fi­nal with three run-outs just months fol­low­ing his in­ter­na­tional de­but, and also head­lined the 1979 fi­nal with a mem­o­rable un­beaten 138. (CMC)

(FP)

JOFRA ARCHER: “I’m a bit ex­cited. How­ever, that doesn’t guar­an­tee I’ll be se­lected for any­thing up­com­ing as yet.”

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