Wednesday 2 April 2014 

Video - Sammy Confident West Indies Can Retain Title

West Indies captain Darren Sammy says he is confident that his side can progress from their semi-final against Sri Lanka and retain the ICC World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh.

Tomorrow's semi-final will be a repeat of the 2012 final and Sammy obviously hopes for the same result, when the West Indies won by 36 runs to take the title.

No team has ever retained the trophy - indeed only Pakistan (and now the West Indies) have ever reached the semi-finals in the next tournament but Sammy says his team can change that.

"It's something that no team has done before and we very confident that we could do it," Sammy said in his pre-match press conference in Dhaka.

"Once we play the brand of cricket that we played last three games there is every possibility that we can, but we know it is a game of cricket and Twenty20 being the shortest format, it's all about momentum and seizing the right opportunity.

"And so far we have been able to do that and hopefully we can do that again with Sri Lanka, we have a fair idea of what they bring to the table and we just have to play our cards right."

And he believes that it will be difficult for Sri Lanka to go into the match without thinking about the defeat in 2012, and a 33-run defeat when the two sides met in a warm-up game ahead of this competition.

"You are looking at number one and two in the West Indies bowling line up, (Sunil) Narine and (Samuel) Badree, you know (Krishmar) Santokie has done his bit.

"Both of them goes, I think, only six runs per over. Yes, we are aware of what the threat they bring, but they also should be aware of the threat we bring.

"I guess the final will be at the back of their mind, the practice game will be at their back of the mind because they know once the West Indies come up and turn up, West Indies is dangerous."

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