T20 cricket is their bread and butter: Vaughan tips 'mysterious' West Indies for ICC World T20 crown

hidden, Mar, 16 2016

Dubai: Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has tipped the West Indies to win the World T20 cricket tournament, despite hosts India being regarded as the favourites.

Vaughan’s prediction comes as the Caribbean side prepares to take-on England in their opening Group Match on Wednesday in Mumbai, reports CMC.

"The team that doesn’t get mentioned that much is the West Indies," Vaughan was quoted as saying by Gulf News on Tuesday.

Former England Cricketer, Michael Vaughan. AFP

Former England Cricketer, Michael Vaughan. AFP

"But if you look at their squad, eight of them are regular IPL players; they’ve got a huge amount of power all the way down and bit of mystery about them as well."

The Windies, who dazzled the cricket world in 2012 to win the T20 World Cup, also qualified for the semi-finals in 2009 and 2014.

The England skipper says the number of T20 stars in the Windies line-up makes them a dangerous side to play against.

“They’ve got a good leg spinner in Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn as left arm, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Jason Holder, then you’ve got the Gayle force [Chris Gayle] at the top of the order and Marlon Samuels as well,” he said.

“They’ve got some real quality in that team and they look to me that on any given day they could have a run and they’ve won it before”.

The West Indies have been languishing at the bottom of the test table in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) rankings.

However, they are entering the T20 World Cup as the number two team in the ICC rankings after a brief stint as number one, earlier this year.

“They seem to get life when they play T20, it’s like their bread and butter at the minute. The Tests are going in a different fashion and they are having all sorts of fallouts with the administrators but as soon as they play T20, they have a bit of life,” Vaughan pointed out.

“If it’s not India (favourites and hosts), then I’ve got a funny feeling the West Indies might do it.”

IANS

Published Date: Mar 16, 2016 | Updated Date: Mar 16, 2016



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115