WEST INDIES

Group B with Australia and Ireland

Captain: Darren Sammy.

Coach: Ottis Gibson

The best performance by the West Indies in the three previous editions of World Twenty20 came in England in 2009, when they reached the semi-finals. But no rival will take the West Indies lightly in Sri Lanka due to what many refer to as the "Indian Premier League (IPL) effect".

The IPL has thrown up several match-winners from the Caribbean in the shortest format of the game. Any side that possesses explosive batsmen such as Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, backed by solid all-rounders in Dwayne Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Andre Russell, and a superb spinner in Sunil Narine, can never be counted out.

Attacking cricket, the hallmark of the West Indies game, is ideally suited to the Twenty20 version. And with conditions in Sri Lanka -- slow, batsmen-oriented wickets -- similar to those in the IPL, the West Indies will not find it tough to adjust. Darren Sammy's men are capable of springing a few surprises.

West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Dwayne Bravo, Samuel Badree, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.

 

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