Murray: Windies have a good chance
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Former West Indies wicket keeper Deryck Murray said while the regional side has a number of stars, they are not highly favoured to claim the final ICC Champions Trophy tournament.
The regional team began their campaign yesterday with a hard-fought two wicket victory over Pakistan at the Oval in England.
The West Indies are in the so called “Group of Death” along with India, Pakistan and South Africa. Only recently the Indians whipped South Africa by 26 runs in a warm-up match and later followed that up with a comprehensive win over South Africa in their opening match on Thursday in Cardiff, Wales.
According to Murray “They are good but I don’t think we are favourites like we were for the T20 tournament. I certainly think we have a very good limited overs team which could compete with any of the top teams in the tournament. I would only hope that they could do well consistently to be able to win the title.”
The Windies last won the title in 2004 under the leadership of world record- holder Brian Lara.
A number of players from that squad including skipper Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan are on the team, and will no doubt be hoping that the regional team could repeat their performance this time round.
The former TTCB president is expecting captain Bravo to do an excellent job leading the regional side in this tournament. “He has always been a good leader whether he had the title of captain or vice-captain.
He has now been given that responsibility and I think the way he approaches the game with that great spirit and never say die attitude will be infectious as usual. He now has to take charge and hopefully this will bring a greater sense of responsibility to him and hopefully this could help the team,” said the former wicket keeper.
The Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC) president said there is nothing different with this tournament.
“We have always had those types of tournaments, any tournament you are going to at the international level is going to be exciting and interesting. West Indies have the team that is capable of competing with the rest of teams in the world.” he added.
While Murray feels the conditions will play a major role, he is of the opinion that the players should be able to adapt to any condition at this level.
“Everywhere you go as an international player you will have different conditions, some wickets are slower than others and some are quicker than others and in England the ball moves around. I think the English conditions are the most testing in terms of technique for both batsmen and bowlers. It is a great challenge, but at the international level you have to adapt to all the conditions and to the opposition you are playing against. A lot of the West Indians have had experience playing the English conditions and the team has also had a couple of weeks there playing some warm-up games so everybody should be on equal footing and it is now for them to do their best on the day.”