ICC World Twenty20 2012 September 10, 2012

'We believe we can win' - Sammy

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies captain Darren Sammy has said his team has the self-belief to go all the way and lift the ICC World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka, starting later this month. Sammy said he was touched by the support from the fans and urged them to continue showing faith in the team.

"This is a huge tournament for the team and the fans as well, so we will go to Sri Lanka and give it all we've got," Sammy said before the team's departure for Sri Lanka. "We believe we can win, but it will be hard, tough work. Once we play together and continue to get the backing of the fans, we know we can lift the title."

The squad had been training at the High Performance Centre in Barbados for nine days. The World T20 will be the team's first international assignment after the home series against New Zealand.

"The camp went very well and we are all in the right frame of mind," Sammy said. "We will head off to Sri Lanka believing in ourselves and believing in each other.

"A few days ago, we played two practice matches at the Three Ws Oval here in Barbados, and it was truly amazing to see how many fans came out to watch the matches, talk to us, and encourage us. People have been talking to us on the streets and have just been warm and friendly. I want to urge everyone to continue to rally around the West Indies."

Ottis Gibson, the coach of the West Indies team, was also satisfied with the preparatory camp and believed that the team has the potential to win the tournament. "The players have done very well at the camp and we have a good combination, a good mix of experience and young players," he said.

West Indies are one of the in-form teams coming into the tournament, having beaten a struggling New Zealand comprehensively in all three formats. They were boosted by the return of Chris Gayle to international cricket after a long stand-off with the West Indies Cricket Board.

Several in the squad have been the most sought-after players in various Twenty20 leagues, including Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo. "They have been stars of the Indian Premier League, and have in-depth knowledge of this format," Gibson said. "The captain, Darren Sammy, is in great form, so too Andre Russell and Fidel Edwards, and there are others that can step up."

The team failed to make the semi-finals in the 2010 edition, despite playing at home. They made the semis in 2009 before bowing out to Sri Lanka. In this edition, West Indies are in Group B along with Australia and Ireland. They warm up with two games against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

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  • Nerav on September 11, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    West Indies have the most balanced team - strong hitters, good pace bowler, good spinner and decent all rounders. All the other teams are lacking in at least one of these - India - pace bowlers and all rounders Pakistan - Batsmen England - No big hitter, no decent spinner Sri Lanka - no big hitter SA - no decent spinner Smart money on west indies to win - but its 20/20, anything can happen

  • Muhammad on September 11, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    When a team having names like Gayle, Bravo, Pollard, Samuels, and champion spinner Narine, automatically it become everyone favorit. I am seeing WI as a new world t20 champion this year. Hope this dreams comes true. Top 3 teams for T20 WC champion 1. WI 2. Ind 3. Pak

  • v on September 11, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    WI will win nothing with the ceremonial captain they're burdened with.

  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    kemar grant u have my 11 but instead of darren bravo i wud hav put johnson charles or lindell simmons,dis yr we goin for d cup,da hussies arnt in good form,india,newzealand,pakistan,so dats btwm wi,eng,ind or sa

  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    I wish the West Indies Team a nice tour of Sri Lanka. Enjoy the weather mates , that is all you can dig.. Sammy must be joking while talking of victory

  • storm on September 11, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    its funny south africa are not one of the favorites they are not number one for nothing with players like AB,steyn,albie,morne,botha,hashim and JP for me south africa are by far favourites

  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    i think if the try hard , it is easy for them

  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    With Chris Gayle, Bravo, Samuels, Dwyne Smith, Ramphal, Pollard, Narine, Russel, Fidel Edwards, West Indies indeed a very good team and they have a chance to win the cup this time. I wish them all success.

  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Pakistan will win the title INSHA ALLAH!!

  • subramanyam on September 11, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    The West Indies are quite favourites for the title especially with the return of Chris Gayle the batting liine up is strong with pollard, Bravo Ramdin and allrounders Russel & Sammy the bowling is also good.

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