England still favourites for Cricket World Cup glory but Windies still a ‘dark horse’?

Windies a ‘dark horse'?
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The cricket betting latest has England, who have not appeared in the World Cup final since 1992, as favourites and the Eoin Morgan led side have been favourites with the bookies from the start of the tournament and have now been backed into around 15/8 ahead of their encounter with the Windies on Friday.

India are in second place in the outright market at around 9/4 having won their opening two matches. Reigning champions Australia are around 3/1 third favourites ahead of New Zealand who are around 8/1 on Betway Cricket.

The Windies are around 10/1 to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in the latest cricket betting – and Windies legends Shiv Chanderpaul, Joel Garner and Curtly Ambrose have their own views on where West Indies cricket is and how good the current squad is, in the latest Betway’s insider article.

“It’s really sad to see West Indies cricket the way it is,” says Ambrose, who took 630 international wickets between 1988-2000, including 24 in World Cups.

“We were so accustomed to being No. 1 in the world and being the team that everyone wants to beat.

“T20 cricket is good for the consumers and people who run the tournaments,” says Joel Garner,

“But it’s important that the money goes back into cricket.

“If we want to have the future of cricket, then you invest the money you make back into the grassroots level.

“That is where the next set of cricketers are coming from.”

Shiv Chanderpaul, reckons the Windies current squad has turned the corner.

“We do not have the money that is being pushed into cricket that another board might have,” he says.

“But we’ve done a lot in the last few years.

“I used to do everything on my own without any money, no contracts, nothing. I had to find my own money if I had to travel.

“Now the countries in the Caribbean all have contracted players, the local boys all have contracts. That means all the boys are going to play in regional tournaments.”

The Windies headed into the World Cup as underdogs, but also as many people’s dark horses and their matches so far have proven that they are ‘Gayle’ force to be reckoned with.

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