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West Indies skipper maps out plan to win Cricket World Cup

West Indies skipper Jason O. Holder has mapped out a plan to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Photo: Internet Source
The ICC, cricket’s world governing body, announced the tournament schedule and it revealed an opening contest for West Indies against Pakistan on May 31 next year in Nottingham. Photo: Internet Source
The ICC, cricket’s world governing body, announced the tournament schedule and it revealed an opening contest for West Indies against Pakistan on May 31 next year in Nottingham. Photo: Internet Source
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – With just over a year to go, West Indies captain Jason O. Holder has mapped out a plan to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

The Windies have won the event twice – under the leadership of the legendary Clive H. Lloyd – winning the inaugural event final at Lord’s in England in 1975, when they conquered Australia by 17 runs, and following up in the second edition at the same venue four years later, when they repelled the hosts by 92 runs.

In 1975, Lloyd hit an attractive 102 to take the Man-of-the-Match award and set things up for his side, and in 1979, Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards (now Sir Viv) was in his prime, smashing an unbeaten 138, earning the Man-of-the-Match award, Collis L. King slammed 86 off 66 balls to add 139 with Sir Viv and Joel Garner followed up with five wickets to seal another memorable victory.

According to Cricket West Indies, in a publication on April 26, 2018, Holder now dreams of similar heady performances to propel his side and lead him to becoming the second West Indies captain to lift the coveted trophy at Lord’s with the countdown having started for the prestigious event, which begins on May 30, 2019 and climaxes with the final on July 1, 2019.

‘It means everything’- Holder

“The World Cup is extremely special for us,” said Holder. “As players and as a team, it means everything. We have a great history and we won the first two editions, so the aim is to make it three in 2019.

“We want to be there at Lord’s in the final to lift the World Cup – we believe we are good enough to win it. It’s always great to play in a global event. As a young cricketer, you set your sights on this kind of event and doing something special for West Indies fans on the world stage.”

“We took the qualifiers route to get to this World Cup, but that was a blessing in disguise as it brought us closer as a team. We grew as a unit during that tournament. For the World Cup, we will enter as underdogs, but we believe in each other, and know for whom and what we are playing.”

The ICC, cricket’s world governing body, announced the tournament schedule last week and it revealed an opening contest for West Indies against Pakistan on May 31 next year in Nottingham. The 10 teams will play under a non-elimination format before the tournament concludes with semi-finals and the final.

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