No need to panic.
That’s the suggestion of former West Indies One-Day International captain Darren Sammy following the team’s defeat to Australia in their opening practice match at Swalec Stadium in Wales on Saturday.
And the dynamic all-rounder has expressed confidence that the Dwayne Bravo-led side will do much better when they take on the Sri Lankans tomorrow morning in their second practice game.
“One-Day cricket is an area where we have not done as well as we should. When you look at the calibre of the players we have in the dressing room we should be playing better. Hopefully in this tournament we will come out and play the brand of cricket which helped us to win in Sri Lanka last year,” Sammy said.
“In order to do that we will have to do what we did in the World T20, which is play with heart and play for the Caribbean people. It will require all of us playing together towards one common goal which is to win that trophy.
“All the teams are our main rivals. Whoever plays the better cricket over a longer period of time will win this tournament, so we will have to be at our best, we will have to be consistent and we will have to take it one day at a time.”
Sammy was a member of the West Indies team when they won the ICC Champions Trophy back in 2004. On that occasion they beat England by two wickets at the Oval.Caribbean fans had to wait eight years for their team’s next international tournament triumph. Sammy was the man at the helm when the Windies beat Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium to win the ICC World T20 Championship.
“Whenever I’m in the West Indies team it’s always good time for me. We have Dwayne taking over from me and I wish him all the best. I know he will do a very good job and he knows he can count on me for full support. They could be no better person to take over from me, he brings the excitement and we are going to bring a fresh new brain into the Champions Trophy. It is exciting times for us, the last time the Champions Trophy was played in England we won so we will look to repeat.”
The ICC Champions Trophy features eight teams: Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies. The tournament will be played across three venues from June 6 to 23.