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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, March 3, 2015
PERTH---Chairman of selec-
tors Clive Lloyd believes India
are formidable opponents but
says a disciplined West Indies
effort can see the reigning
World champions beaten,
when the two teams meet at
the WACA Ground here Fri-
India are unbeaten in three
outings in the ICC Cricket
World Cup while West Indies
have lost two of four games,
and both teams will be eyeing
victory as crucial especially with
a place in the next round loom-
"The point is that we have
a good bowling attack, good
batsmen, and a good all-round
side," Lloyd said here yester-
"If we bat, we have to make
enough runs to win and defend.
We do have the bowlers to do
so. This pitch is quite good --
it s got very constant bounce.
It s a good cricket pitch. They
(India) have won three out of
three, so we can t fault their
bowling or their batting."
He added: "One-day cricket
is about who plays well on the
day and gets their disciplines
right. If we do that, we give
them a good run for their
money. They re defending
champions and they want to
be in this World Cup as long
"It s obvious that this game
is important to us, and to you
for that matter. We want to do
well and if we play to our ability,
we ll be able to do so."
India opened their campaign
with a 76-run victory over Pak-
istan and followed up by crush-
ing South Africa by 130 runs.
They overpowered minnows
United Arab Emirates to win
by nine wickets.
Despite India s form, Lloyd
said he was hoping to see West
Indies put up a strong chal-
"India s always a formidable
side and they ll continue to be
so. But when you set a stan-
dard, people expect you to keep
that standard all the time," he
"India are doing well, but I
hope they don t do too well on
Friday. It will be a good game.
India will be good opponents.
They ve been playing well and
we ve been sporadic in our play
but we re hoping that this pitch
will suit us quite well. It should
be quite an exciting game."
West Indies recent record
against India does not make for
good reading. They have lost
their last four series and have
suffered defeats in 13 of their
last 20 meetings.
On last October s ill-fated
tour, they won the first game
of the series convincingly before
going on to lose the aborted
Lloyd noted the Caribbean
side was coming up against the
core of the same squad from
"It s nearly the same sort of
side. Your pace bowling seems
to be pretty good and you have
a good spin bowler in (Ravi)
Ashwin," the legendary former
Windies captain said.
"You ve got a good variety,
and I think you have good all-
round strength. Virat Kohli has
been a tremendous player over
the last two years and now you
have the likes of (Shikhar)
Dhawan coming through. I
think you should do well." CMC
Members of the local cricket community are excited
that former West Indies captain Brian Lara has shown
interest in running for presidency of the West Indies
Cricket Board, but suggested that the legendary left-
hander should take steps towards his goal.
In an exclusive interview with the T&T Guardian
on Sunday, Lara, who is currently doing television
commentary at the World Cup in Australia/New
Zealand, said he is concerned with the state of West
Indies cricket and will not hesitate in accepting a nom-
ination for the top post. However, Lara s interest comes
too late for Saturday s elections which pits the incum-
bent Dave Cameron, against former West Indies fast
bowler Joel Garner.
Former national cricketer and footballer, Alvin Corneal
says if Lara is given the opportunity in the future, he
will be successful. Corneal said: "I like the thought of
Brian, unlike former presidents, Brian is an educator
and a cricketer. This experience will help him do the
Corneal wants Lara to get his feet wet before doing
such an important job. "I hope the T&T Cricket Board
will allow him to be part of the board to get experience.
He has the stature and credibility, as well as the intel-
ligence to go with the job."
Cameron has been under fire following the West
Indies abandoned tour of India last year, and a con-
troversial tweet recently concerning West Indies opener
Chris Gayle. Corneal said he doubted that Cameron
will step down to make room for Lara. "I think he
wants the job so badly, he won t (step down). Following
the situation with Gayle on Twitter, other WICB mem-
bers should have asked Cameron to resign. He really
is not fit to lead our cricket."
Corneal added: "Joel Garner has a reputation on the
field, he has a level head, there is no question he is
better than Cameron. Joel needs to get that chance."
Former West Indies cricketer Bryan Davis echoed
Corneal s sentiments of Corneal. "The type of per-
sonality that Cameron is, I don t think he will (step
down), but a change needs to be made."
Davis was a bit surprised by Lara s wish to run for
presidency. "I find it strange, but I admire his courage.
It is not the best job for someone who lacks experience
at an administrative level. I guess he (Lara) is just fed
up with West Indies cricket."
Davis believes Lara should work his way up the
ladder, stating that Cameron and Garner both had
administrative experience at a lower level before throw-
ing their hats in the ring. "But I have no doubt that
he will bring a tremendous amount of good to the
Former West Indies Players Association president
Dinanath Ramnarine and former West Indies manager
Omar Khan both support Lara, and called for Cameron
and Garner to make way for him to take up the lead-
ership. Ramnarine said: "I think it is important for
people like Lara, former players, to show interest in
The former West Indies spinner said there must be
a change. "If players don t perform they are dropped,
if an administration is not performing he should go,
they are only looking after their best interest. We can t
have the same thing happening over and over."
Khan stated: "I hope he maintains his interest. He
is a great ambassador for the game, he has earned
admiration in the world of cricket."
Khan said he was surprised that Lara s interest was
made so late. "I wish this had happened before the
nomination deadline. Lara s interest is good for West
Indies cricket. I hope this can happen in the future,
but there are procedures in place. After cricket he got
into various businesses and he has been successful.
His business skills and cricket skills will help him do
the job. And more importantly he is respected for all
of his achievements."
The West Indies cricket team members
were all in a jovial mood despite their
current position at the 2015 Cricket World
Cup, when they took to the streets for a
welcome party organised by authorities
in Western Australia and the Perth
Smiles finally came out, after the drub-
bing they received at the hands of South
Africa in Sydney. The biggest one came
from Chris Gayle, as he took to the stage
to sing and entertain the diaspora who had
turned up to give the team a Caribbean
Several hundred well-wishers turned
out at the Perth Cultural Centre. While
the players were decked off in their trav-
elling blue kit, the crowd preferred maroon.
West Indies captain, Jason Holder pre-
sented a specially signed West Indies team
shirt to Dr Kim Hames. Tahj Reid, a 12-
year-old Jamaican, sang Rally Round The
West Indies. After the formal programme
the players signed autographs and took
photos with their adoring fans.
"We didn t really expect so many people
but after we went on stage to be introduced
and say hello to the fans, we were truly
touched," said allrounder Darren Sammy,
the West Indies T20 captain.
"We have a great track record in Perth
and we feel at home here. This is great!
This is really inspiring to see how much
the people love West Indies cricket."
West Indies, two-time World Cup cham-
pions, have won two matches and lost two
in Pool B of the ICC Cricket World Cup
2015. They are in Perth to face India at the
WACA Ground on Friday. First ball in the
day/night match is 2.30 am Eastern
Meanwhile, the West Indies team had
the day off yesterday and will turn up
at the WACA today to conduct their first
training session in the city. A lot of atten-
tion will surround fast bowler Kemar
Roach, who is expected to be the West
Indies trump card at the fast and bouncy
WACA against Indian batsmen, who have
shown vulnerability against the quick
Roach was dropped after a less than
impressive performance against Ireland in
the opening match of the tournament at
Nelson. Since then, he has been working
very hard with bowling coach Curtly
Ambrose and is expected to take the new
ball against the Indians.
Lloyd: WI can upset India Cricket community
excited over Lara's
interest in top post
Windies at home in Perth
Holder presents a
signed shirt to Dr
Tourism at a
Australia and the
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