Abu Dhabi. Former West Indies cricketer Samuel Badree said that he expected the Caribbean team to do better in the ICC T20 World Cup match as many of them were playing their last World Cup. He also said that though Chris Gayle is a great player of the game, he didn’t have the kind of tournament that fans were expecting. The two-time World T20 champions crashed out of their Super 12 Group 1 after just one win and finished fifth among six teams.
The reasons cited for the Kieron Pollard-led side’s defeat are the fact that several key players were on the hill and Badree also said that the squad for the 2012 and 2016 T20 world champions had to have youngsters. Keeping it was the way forward.
On Sunday evening, Badri said, “Many of them were playing their last World Cup game representing the West Indies and I expected a lot better.” Judging by the fact that they will sign on the world stage. It was a disappointing end to a disappointing campaign.
In his column for the ICC, the former West Indies spinner said, Chris Gayle is an absolute legend of the game, an iconic blockbuster performer for many years. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the type of tournament they expected or the fans were expecting. It was a disappointing campaign for him and we know it really hurt him.
Badree felt that the absence of an attacking bowler was one of the reasons for West Indies’ disappointing performance. He said someone like left-arm pacer Obed McCoy could have played that role.
That (absence of an attacking bowler in most games) was one of the downfalls of the West Indies team. He (McCoy) could very well have filled that role if not a wicket-taker and not a really attacking bowler, so it was a big omission.
Badri felt that soon youngsters like Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran would have to shoulder more responsibility. (IANS)
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