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CRICKET: WI coach Gibson turns attention to ODI World Cup

Published:Monday | April 7, 2014 | 8:43 AM

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson is now planning for next year’s 50-over World Cup following his side’s failed campaign at the World Twenty20 Championship in Bangladesh.

Gibson says he has already began to put plans in place so the Caribbean side could compete strongly for another global title.

The International Cricket Council World Cup is set to run from February 14 to March 29, in Australia.

Gibson says that with series against New Zealand, Bangladesh, India and South Africa preceding the World Cup, West Indies had the ideal chance to groom a core of players well in advance.

Gibson says it was important that a strategic approach be taken, in order to select the best squad for the Australia trip.

He pointed out that it was crucial that players who were ideally suited for the conditions in Australia be identified and groomed.

West Indies have emerged as a formidable side in the game’s shortest format, winning the 2012 Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, and reaching the semi-finals in Bangladesh last week.

However, their 50-over form has lagged behind, and West Indies have not won the World Cup since the first two tournaments were held back in 1975 and 1979.


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