West Indies in Sri Lanka 2010-11 January 27, 2011

SL tour will help in acclimatisation - Gibson

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has said his team's upcoming tour of Sri Lanka will help the players acclimatise to the conditions for the World Cup that is being played in the subcontinent. West Indies play three ODIs against Sri Lanka at the SSC in Colombo, but while their World Cup warm-up games will also be played in Sri Lanka, they play their group games in India and Bangladesh.

"It is a good opportunity to put some of the plans in place that we are going to take into the World Cup," Gibson said. "When we went for the Test series we did really well as a team and we made progress. We also had a chance to get used to the conditions. The players are fresh out of the Caribbean Twenty20 and are ready for what we have coming up."

West Indies are part of Group B in the World Cup along with South Africa, Netherlands, India, Bangladesh, England and Ireland, and Gibson was positive about his team's chances in the tournament.

"I think we have a team that can win the World Cup," he said. "We will go there with the expectation of doing very well and putting ourselves in a position where we can reach the semi-finals, which is a very realistic possibility. We are not listed among the favourites and that could work in our favour."

The three-Test series between West Indies and Sri Lanka last December ended in a rain-marred 0-0 draw. That series was to be followed by the one-dayers, but they were rescheduled due to bad weather. The first ODI will be played at the SSC on January 31.

Squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Chris Gayle, Nikita Miller, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Devon Smith.

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  • Michael on January 30, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    @Trini42 ! Completly forgot Sammy ! Would replace Miller with the capt.Fidel Edwards is back,took 4 for 15 in 9 overs,including 3 in 4 balls for a Bdos select XI against the Windwards over the weekend,not named in the Bdos 14 though for the 4 day championship.The jokers we have here in Bdos have dropped Dwayne Smith at age 27 ,recalled Pedro Collins at age 34,and picked S.Brooks who has 2 wickets in 10 matches at an av.of 105,as our main spinner.

  • Jeewan on January 30, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    @Metman: I did not see Sammy in your eleven, who is your captain of choice. @AntiDarWIN: I agree Sameuls is in good form, but the team was selected and submitted to the ICC before the CT20 tournament was completed

  • antidarwin on January 30, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    After the historic win on South African Soil Marlon Samuels was involved in match fixing, he was removed by icc for 2 years of suspension, he waited in the wings for this world cup, and is mentally more strong and hungry, let this man redeem him self , let him have his salvation for playing for Westindies and proove that he is a match winner cause this man in like a hungry lion from past 3 years dont waste him donot waste marlon samuels, Let him burn his sins in the world cup by bringing home windies some joy after champions trophy win, and about Ravi Rampaul well if he plays just turn off your tv sets cause the sub continent is about batsmen dominating making big runs, hitters will shine here and ravi is a seamer he cant play for TOFEE just wake up selectors, Marlon in Ravi Out, THen CHanders , gayles, sarvan , samuels, darren bravo (young lara), and you got roach just feild well he give you wickets on any surface on earth if windies field well he best bowler in world like holding.

  • Allanson on January 30, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    This team is not a bad one with the notable absence of Marlon Samuels and the perennially injured Taylor and Edwards aside. I wish WI all the best as a proud WI... For those who are criticizing Sammy, his limited overs bowling stats are better than many others who are touted - even as a pure bowler he should make the limited overs team. Check the stats for yourself.

  • Michael on January 29, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    Ravi Rampaul's bowling can only be said to have been improved if he takes wickets at a decent av.in the Int'l games.As far as I am concerned ,he is bowling the same way he has been for the last year or 2.Every tournament,everybody seems to be expecting Pollard to perform.The selectors keep on picking Pollard the name,and not Pollard the cricketer and expect him to perform.If Sammy and Smith don't deserve a play,so too does Pollard and Rampaul.Waiting on Pollard and Rampaul TO EXCELL AT THIS LEVEL,is like waiting 'on blackbird to cut teeth'.WI batting is strong on paper,the bowling weak on paper,and weak on the field .Looking forward to seeing Darren Bravo perform.My team,Gayle,Chan,Dar,Sarwan,Dwa,Poll,Russl,Baugh,Benn,Miller,Roach.Would choose Russell over Rampaul ,because of his batting.Russell just likes to run in fast when bowling,while Rampaul just can't get it right at this level.I think Gayle(if he does'nt do like Sarwan),and if he is handled right,would have to do a lot of bowlg

  • antidarwin on January 29, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    @Trini42, T20 is like eating chocolite chip cookies while one day cricket is like fast food, i am not sure Mr Ravi rampaul can bowl to geff boycotts grand ma, he surely should be kept out of this team he is a match looser, i mean what if he is given last over and 20 runs required vs a hitter, i am sure he would loose the game he has got no skill i am really sorry to say, and if he is playing i wont watch the games cause of fear of embarassment he doesnt have it in him to be an international cricketer, on other hand you look at Marlon Samuels his spin mixed with gayles bought westindies final birth vs austrialia in champions trophy in india. Trini42 donot be deceived by how good Ravi Rampaul is, go watch how he is a match looser, he cost game in t20 vs bangladesh and south africa worst bowler ever in history of game.

  • Derick on January 28, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Windies can win over Lanka. If wi can come along with India,sa,england. They will surely beat the poor srilankans.But i love murali's bowling..he is superb.

  • Anand on January 28, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Semis is a realistic possibility - for Bangladesh. And no, I am not being frivolous. BD would fancy their chances with their recent run of form and playing all their league games at home in a group which has vulnerable WI. Dont forget they'd be playing their Quarters at home too if they make it that far.

  • Akeen on January 28, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    sammy being west indies captain is not a good move at al,l but we have to wait n see what he does.. think abt it... sammy plays a roll like bravo, plus we got pollord do the same thing... that always left no place for a real fast bowler.... al

  • Carlos on January 28, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    I agree with those posts which declare the quality and potential of our batting line up... its been a while since its looked so potent and the only thing windies fans can complain about is that Samuels is not there but obviously he will have to wait a bit. I anticipate the selectors seriously considering him after the 4day reginoal tourny (if he does well) M2 biggest concerns... we have 3 all rounders and the poorest of them is the captain so his place is automatic leaving no room for one of the other 2, next is the fragility of our bowling. Roach will lead the attack but I anticipate Benn having to carry the load of restricting and taking wickets. Ravi maybe tight initially but once the quality bats take a bead on him, hes out of the park. Russell isnt ready for this stage yet... but regardless GO WINDIES! Looking fwd to seeing rising stars Barath and Darren... Gayle always gets a monstrous innings at the WC... hope he and the others who have form can keep it

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