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West Indies captain backs Windwards to repeat as Super50 champions
Published on January 30, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- West Indies captain Darren Sammy is backing the Windward Islands to repeat as champions in the NAGICO Super50 Tournament, which will be played in Trinidad and Tobago, starting Thursday.

The allrounder was initially named as Windward skipper but had to pull out of the tournament as he is still recovering from injury.

Sammy was also absent last year when Liam Sebastien led the Windwards to the title – with a resounding victory over Combined Campuses & Colleges at Kensington Oval to lift the champions’ trophy.

“I was not here last year when the team played so very well to win the final in Barbados. Liam (Sebastien) did a fantastic job at the helm and the others followed his lead,” Sammy said.

“He deserved all the praise he got and the team deserved everything they achieved. They played hard and they earned it. This year we are looking for more of the same – that team unity and that never-say-die attitude. That has been the mantra of our team in the last decade.”

He added: “We have come a long way as a team and as players, but we don’t want to stop here. We want to take it to the next level – by being crowned the winners of the first NAGICO Super50 and taking home the Clive Lloyd Trophy again.”

The Windwards arrived in Trinidad early for two warm-up matches but saw the first against T&T Red Force on Sunday rained out before beating a Trinidad & Tobago Select XI by 53 runs in the second game on Tuesday.

They have been drawn in a tough Zone A alongside Jamaica, Ireland and Guyana, and open the NAGICO Super50 on Thursday against the Jamaicans at Queen’s Park Oval. First ball is 2pm (1pm Jamaica Time).

“This is a big tournament for many players. We have quite a few youngsters who will be looking to put in some big performances and want to move up to the next level. We also have some experienced players who continue to give their all for Windwards cricket and I know they will be switched on from ball one,” Sammy added.

“Whether the pundits call us underdogs, dark horses, defending champs or whatever that won’t really matter when we take the field. We have seven other good teams to take down and we will be looking to do that.”

The NAGICO Super50 tournament will run from January 30 to February 15 and will be broadcast live on ESPN for television viewers and on Caribbean Super Station radio. Matches at Queen’s Park Oval will be day/night fixtures while matches at Shaw Park, Tobago will be day games.

The champions will take home the Clive Lloyd Trophy – named in honour of the legendary captain of the 1975 and 1979 World Cup winning teams.
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