Cricket West Indies (CWI) President, Ricky Skerrit is calling on West Indies cricket fans everywhere, to throw their full support behind the West Indies team when it defends the International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty20 World Cup title from Oct. 17 – Nov. 14 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.
With the countdown already on towards the start of the marquee event, Skerritt has asked the fan base and all stakeholders to help create a winning West Indian spirit of passion and unity, in face of a global battle.
The West Indies team is going in pursuit of an unprecedented third world title.
He said the selectors have produced a fit-for-purpose squad, which is a rich mixture of experienced leadership, proven match-winners and youthful talent.
Former West Indies players and stakeholders have criticized some of the selections on the 15-man squad, including out-of-form 41-year-old Chris Gayle.
The first Twenty20 World Cup victory came in 2012 when the team defeated Sri Lanka at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
West Indies also reached the semi-finals on two occasions in 2009 in England and 2014 in Bangladesh.