ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 - West Indies - Team Preview
A World Cup without West Indies is 'unimaginable' described Brian Charles Lara and that is where the two-time champions have found themselves in.
The difference between the Cricket West Indies and the players meant the senior players including Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard opted to play in the Pakistan Super League over representing the national team in an important event like the Qualifiers. However, as a major turnaround, veteran batsmen Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels have decided to help their team cause and the move was a welcoming one for skipper Jason Holder, who will hope for a turnaround after they went on to miss the automatic qualification.
"I must commend Chris and Marlon, who have come here with the motivation to do well for the Windies and give themselves a chance to play another World Cup," said Holder
West Indies have also drafted in Carlos Brathwaite, Kemar Roach and Devendra Bishoo to add more experience to the group. Their campaign though did not begin well as they were rocketed by a hat-trick from Dawlat Zadran and were bowled out for 110 runs in the rain-hit warm-up game against Afghanistan.
Group: West Indies are positioned in Group A that also has Ireland, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and United Arab Emirates.
v United Arab Emirates, Old Hararians, Harare, 6th March
v Papua New Guinea, Old Hararians, Harare, 8th March
v Ireland, Harare Sports Club, 10th March
v Netherlands, Harare Sports Club, 12th March
Squad: Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Nikita Miller, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Kesrick Williams.
Probable favourites are the West Indies with most World Cup Qualifiers predictions to go to the final stages of the tournamant by winning their Group and go through to CWC 2019 in England. If they do, they will go on and win the Tournament in Zimbabwe as well.
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