Captain Darren Sammy, who champions the West Indies for the second time in his captaincy by defeating England at the 2016 T20 World Cup, has expressed confidence that the Caribbean team will be able to defend their title. He has nothing to put his mind to, and Sammy said the West Indies team will be champions. The West Indies recently defeated Australia 4-1 in the five-match T20I series. The T20 World Cup will start from October 17 and the final match of the tournament will be on November 14.
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Speaking at the ICC’s digital event, Sammy said, ‘I have nothing to put my mind to, the West Indies team will be champions. When you look at the West Indies, people might say I’m biased, but in the last four (three) tournaments we’ve been able to reach the last four, winning two of them. You can see the potential of our players. Captain Kieran Pollard is back, Universe boss Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Evin Lewis, I can make a long list of guys who can change the course of the match themselves.
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The West Indies team under Sammy became world champion of this format in 2012 and 2016. The 37-year-old said England and Australia could do well in the UAE and Oman. He said, ‘When you look at the England team, they are doing well in T20 cricket. There are two places in the World Cup where there are pitches like India and the Caribbean. In such cases, they are once champions and once runners up. His players adapt well to these conditions. Australia failed to win the title. They will be desperate to win it. His players have potential, there are a lot of players who play in the IPL. He understands these situations.