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West Indies Hoping To Regroup For ICC World Twenty20: Denesh Ramdin

By on June 1, 2009

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West Indies vice captain Denesh Ramdin says ignore the recent Test and one-day series losses to England, his team can still win the ICC World Twenty20 2009.

For West Indies to win, however, a drastic improvement will be needed after 2-0 losses in Test and ODI series to England in May. Then there was West Indies captain Chris Gayle suggesting he wouldn’t be sorry if test cricket died.

“Hopefully, if the guys come together and play well, play some great cricket, I can’t see why the West Indies can’t win this trophy,” Ramdin said. “We have a good team with the likes of Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, along with the young players coming through – Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy – and Dwayne Bravo returning to the side.”

Gayle’s batting during the test series suggested he was already in Twenty20 mode – he came out, swatted a few boundaries and departed a few minutes later.

Gayle conceded the ODI series was not ideal preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 2009, which starts Friday at Lord’s.

“The way we went about it wasn’t the best,” he said. “I am very disappointed with the series result – we lost 2-0 and it seems similar to the test series but, at the same time, we just have to try and rebuild again to get back to the Twenty20.”

Gayle believes the month his side has spent adjusting to the English climate.

“This was a chance to get testing conditions and improve in them,” Gayle said. “It didn’t work, we are disappointed with the loss of both series but, at the same time, it has given us an opportunity to be ready for the ICC World Twenty20 2009.”

West Indies has been drawn in the toughest of four groups, playing against Australia and Sri Lanka. Ramdin believes the unpredictability of Twenty20 could work in West Indies’ favor.

“Anything can happen on any given day, it’s anyone’s game,” he said. “Everyone says it’s a batters’ game but, at the end of the day, the bowlers need to come on and get wickets for you. Taking a couple of wickets means the bowler has done his job, and now a batter can go out there hit a couple of sixes and win a game for you. A brilliant catch by a fielder can also win a game for you.”

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