The Windies had a full training session on Friday morning and skipper Darren Sammy said all systems were in place for the game.
“We are a bit fresher than other teams I suppose. We have been here for over a week now and even though we lost the ODIs to Sri Lanka we got a true sense of what will be required. It taught us the areas we need to catch up in to go all the way. This is my first World Cup, and like many other young people in my team, I am excited to have the chance to lead the West Indies team,” he said.
Sammy, who took over the job five months ago, added that the players will all be looking to get fully into World Cup mode.
“We are here for the biggest event in the history of the game of cricket and we want to impress. This is the official start of things for us. We will be looking to do well and ‘tick’ all the boxes. We have been doing a lot of work in the nets and a lot of planning. This could be the start of an exciting time for us as a team,” he said.
Meanwhile, although West Indies is placed virtually at the bottom of the One Day International (ODI) rankings by the International Cricket Council (ICC), behind Bangladesh, yet former captain Chris Gayle says that his ultimate goal is to get his hands on the World Cup trophy.
The big left-hander, rated as one of the most destructive batsmen of all time, said he has a desire to become world champions and bring back glory to West Indies cricket during the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup.
“I’m looking forward to the tournament and the dream is to see the West Indies come out on top. The World Cup is the pinnacle of a player’s career and it is good to be part of the tournament here in the sub-continent.
“It can’t get any bigger than this. The West Indies have a legacy of winning and I want to give my best to win matches for us,” Gayle said.
The West Indies will have a second warm-up match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday 15th February also at the Premadasa Stadium before they open their World Cup campaign against South Africa on February 24 in Delhi. That will be followed by matches against Netherlands, Bangladesh, Ireland, England, and India.