Team manager may travel to England March 20, 2007

Lloyd hopes Windies can continue winning

Cricinfo staff



Clive Lloyd believes that under Brian Lara , the hosts can be dangerous against any team © Getty Images

Clive Lloyd, the West Indian legend, hopes the current side can build on their winning start and capture a third World Cup.

"They're looking professional at what they do; most of the things that we have said to them is being inculcated and I think they're looking pretty good, especially in their last game against Pakistan," Lloyd said. "I hope that they can continue with the rest of their performance."

With consecutive wins over Pakistan and Zimbabwe, West Indies have secure their place in the next round of the tournament. They will play their final preliminary round Group D match against a spirited Ireland side on March 23 in Jamaica.

As West Indies manager, Lloyd, 62, said his job was to "help with the team and to see that things run smoothly and, with the help of Imran Khan, it is to see that the guys do the right things at the nets and see if we can repair any faults or anything like that".

"I am also a part of strategy planning in the team's meetings where we have to discuss all sort of things," he added. "We discuss the selection situation. The last say is left to the coach and the captain, but I give my views."

Lloyd earlier this month said he was concerned with the number of inexperienced players in the side, but believed that under Brian Lara the West Indies could beat any side. "Its one-day cricket, anything can happen. When the right team turns up, if our guys get all disciplines right, I think we can be a match for anybody like we did in the last ICC trophy,' he said.

According to Lloyd, the West Indies Cricket Board has requested him to accompany the team on their upcoming tour of England in the summer. "I was asked by the board but we are still in discussions. They've asked me to go to England with them, but at the moment I don' know how much longer I'll be involved, but then again it's entirely up to the Board."

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