Some things in cricket change drastically and winners of the first two World Cups playing in the World Cup qualifies is one of the major example of it. West Indies is all set to earn a spot for the World Cup. They will play their first match against UAE on March 6.
West Indies skipper Jason Holder has urged the fans to stay and support the team so that his side can earn a place back in the World Cup and bring back the glory days.
Holder said: “All the guys are motivated and we know what’s at stake. I see it as an opportunity for us to grab some momentum heading into next year’s World Cup, get some games under our belt, finalise our combinations, get things right and hopefully turn things around in terms of the ODI format.”
The West Indies captain keeps the blame all to themselves: “We have put ourselves in this situation. We have got only ourselves to blame. We are here for a reason. Our form off late hasn’t been the best. It is a matter for us to put that behind and make things right. It is something new for us. We never had to qualify for the World Cup. It will be a new challenge. All these Associates teams tend to play fearless cricket, play quite aggressive cricket, trying to taking down the bigger nations.”
Holder added: “I think everybody understands the importance of being in a World Cup. We’ve obviously won the World Cup on two occasions and I think we’re trying to formulate our plans in terms of getting a third. We’ve done well in T20 cricket, we’ve done well in women’s cricket, Under-19 cricket, so now I think it’s about time we win another World Cup in the ODI format.”