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Xavier
November 11, 2006, 06:19 PM
I found a very interesting article from BBC cricket:


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</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- E IIMA -->The clock is ticking ever faster for cricket lovers in the West Indies.
In just four months' time the opening ceremony of the ninth Cricket World Cup will take place at the brand new Trelawny Stadium in Jamaica.
It is the first time the tournament has been entrusted to the Caribbean and fans across the region cannot wait for the action to start.
The level of anticipation is growing, and so is a belief that West Indies could become the first team ever to win the World Cup on home soil.
Such a possibility was unthinkable not so long ago.
When Shivnarine Chanderpaul resigned as captain in April, they had won just two one-day games out of 16 played during his year in charge.
But there has been steady improvement under Brian Lara, which was underlined by their run to the final of the recent Champions Trophy in India.
West Indies have batsmen of proven quality in Lara, Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chanderpaul and an all-rounder with genuine star potential in Dwayne Bravo
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Once they play the type of cricket they have recently, I feel they have a very good chance



Gordon Greenidge
Chairman of selectors


</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- E IBOX -->Promising fast bowler Jerome Taylor's raw pace is balanced by the steadiness of new ball partner Ian Bradshaw.
They can still be inconsistent, but that does not shake the confidence of former fast bowler Wes Hall.
"I think we'll win it," he declared during a visit to the office of the BBC Caribbean Service.
"We won the ICC tournament [Champions Trophy] in 2004, we got to the final this year, so what's so amazing about believing we can do it at the World Cup?"
Gordon Greenidge, a member of the side which lifted the World Cup in 1975 and 1979, was more cautious - understandably so as he is the current chairman of selectors.
"Being directly involved with the team, of course I want them to be successful, but they have to play competitive cricket. It's not going to be given [to them].
"Once they play the type of cricket they have recently, I feel they have a very good chance," he commented.
Nothing was more heartening for West Indies at the Champions Trophy than the performances of Gayle, who hit three centuries and was named man of the tournament.
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This World Cup will be the crucible which transforms West Indian cricket



Wes Hall


</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- E IBOX -->Former skipper Sir Viv Richards, himself a big-hitting batsman, was impressed.
"He looked technically organised at the top of the order, the feet movement, the way he picked the bat up and watched the ball closely," said Richards.
"If you know about batsmanship, you would have seen that little step up in progress from where he was before to where he is now."
He believes, however, that the moment Gayle lost his cool in a verbal exchange with Australia's Michael Clarke, costing him a percentage of his match fee, may prove equally significant as far as the team's prospects are concerned.
"We haven't seen that side of him before, allowing his feelings to show. He has broken the ice in terms of aggression towards the opposition."
The Caribbean public will expect every member of the team to stand up and be counted, and Hall is confident they will meet the challenge. "I feel very seriously that this World Cup will be the crucible which transforms West Indian cricket from the realms of mediocrity to the world cricket supremacy that we knew between 1980 and 1995," he added. "It's a tall order, but we've done it before, we'll do it again. It's going to be a metamorphosis."
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cricket/other_international/west_indies/6138634.stm


Can they really do it? Will Lara end his career with the biggest trophy?


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Alien
November 14, 2006, 03:00 AM
He won't.

Xavier
November 14, 2006, 04:27 PM
Well... I think he can and hope he will... but who am I to reply to Hitler?!?:confused:

israr
November 15, 2006, 12:31 PM
He won't.

Do you posses a crystal ball which predicts future events? If so, can you please tell me when will Bangladesh win the World Cup /:) ?