Narine is ‘trump card’ for England clash – Sammy
KANDY, Sri Lanka, CMC-Skipper Darren Sammy has promised that the West Indies will be “up for it” when they face England in a crucial Super Eights match of the ICC World T20 tournament today .
The two teams will clash at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, and a large crowd is expected for the contest which starts at 7:30 pm (10 am Eastern Caribbean Time/9 am Jamaica).
The pitches at this picturesque venue have favoured the batsmen and another flat surface is expected on Thursday as well.
“When we left home one of the first objectives was to get into the Super Eights stage. Now we are here and we have a job to do,” Sammy said. “The plan is to get through the Super Eights and take it from there. We will focus on England tomorrow and then onto the next match. Hopefully we can progress and win this tournament because the Caribbean people need to see some silverware”.
The Windies had an intense training session yesterday.
Sammy has described Sunil Narine, the attacking spin bowler, as the “trump card” and backed the world’s Number one power-hitter Chris Gayle to have a “big impact” on the match.
The skipper added that all 15 members of the squad will have a huge part to play and outlined that the team has plenty possible match-winners.
“Everyone who comes to bowl has a big part to play. Sunil is our trump card. He has done well for us in this format and hopefully he will have a big impact on tomorrow night’s game against the England line-up” Sammy told reporters.
“Chris loves being back and he loves the hype of Twenty/20. He has been excellent for us. We believe he can also have a big impact. The fans love watching him play and the fans love watching West Indies play. It is going to be a very interesting game tomorrow”.
The West Indies qualified for the Super Eights without a win. In the opening match against Australia they batted brilliantly to make 191-8 off 20 overs, but lost on Duckworth/Lewis after a heavy shower caused an early finish.
In the second match they restricted Ireland to 129-6 off 20 overs but rain again intervened. Sammy said they are confident of registering their first victory against England, which would give them a huge step towards a place in the semi-finals.
“We will look to bowl spin against them. We have quality bowlers at the top in Fidel (Edwards) and (Ravi) Rampaul and we also have (Samuel) Badree in the line-up and all of them will be considered”he said.
“Hopefully we will bowl really well against England and have a good game. Everyone will have a role to play”.