Windies target Top 5 by 2015

Dhaka, Bangladesh – As he unveiled the trophy for the T20 International, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy also unveiled his team’s plan to move up the International Cricket Council’s rankings.

First ball in Tuesday’s T20 International at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium is 5 pm (7 am Eastern Caribbean Time/6 am Jamaica Time).

Sammy, the hard-working allrounder, revealed the plan to go top five in the cricketing nation by 2015. He indicated that the long walk has already started and the team is committed to making strides as players and as a unit.

“Like every other series, winning this series is also very important. We have way forward for this team which is to be in the top five in world rankings by 2015. So every series we play is important to achieve that goal,” Sammy told the reporters during the pre-match conference at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday.

“I’m quite happy with the preparation. It started way back in Barbados. Then we were in England where we played two T20s, we stopped in Dubai in very hot condition. And since we have been here we continue our practice sessions.”

“Normally the pitch here favours the spinners, I guess we will have to play accordingly. We  have done our homework going to Dubai to get familiar conditions which we will be facing here. We are quite prepared to face the Bangladeshi spinners.”

Sammy rated the Bangladeshis as tough opponent especially as they have home advantage.

“We are not going to take them lightly. We have been doing some good stuff and have prepared well for the series. Hopefully tomorrow (Tuesday) would be an exciting cricket. Bangladesh are always a tough contenders,” the 27-year-old said.

“We never underestimated them. I believe whoever goes out there and plays more consistent and execute their plan properly will come out victorious. We played well here in two of our practice matches.  We have an important series to play and so far, we are building up ourselves for the series.”

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 17:37