Curtly Ambrose will travel to India for the ICC World T20 as West Indies’ bowling consultant and believes he could be traveling home to the Caribbean with the trophy.
The West Indies, ranked the third best team in the world in the ICC rankings, won the title in 2012 and have a plethora of match winning talent.
“Look at the team that we have, half of the team are in demand across the world for different T20 leagues,” Ambrose told the Antigua Observer. “So you may find one guy here, maybe two in this league and two in another league but we have all at once so we have a great chance of winning this T20 tournament, just look at our squad.
“Marlon Samuel, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, captain Darren Sammy and all the senior players have to lead from the front,” he continued. “From my experience over the years, when the senior players, the guys that we expect to really take the mantle and take the team forward, are doing well, automatically the younger players will step up to the plate.”
West Indies’ players have settled their pay dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), but will be without three key senior players in India. Darren Bravo has expressed a wish to concentrate of Test cricket, Kieron Pollard is still rehabilitating from a knee injury and Sunil Narine withdrew stating that his bowling was not yet ready after coming back to the sport after being suspended for a suspect action.
The West Indies start the World T20 tournament in Group 1 with fixtures against Sri Lanka, England, South Africa and a qualifier.