Lloyd: All-rounders will play a big part in the World Cup

Lloyd: All-rounders will play a big part in the World Cup
Former West Indies Captain Clive Lloyd.
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Sir Clive Lloyd, one of the greatest West Indies captains of all time, expects all-rounders to play a decisive role in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup starting this week-end.

Sir Clive, who led the West Indies to their only two World Cup titles in 1975 and 1979, said with the pitches in England predicted to be flat, said he believed the play of those multi-dimensional players would determine the winner.

“From Afghanistan to England, or India to West Indies, every team is blessed with top-class all-rounders, that’s why I believe it will be an all-rounders World Cup,” he said.

With Windies’ Captain, Jason Holder currently ranked as the best Test all-rounder in the world and sixth best in ODIs, along with explosive Andre Russell in the side, Lloyd said he expects the regional side to give a good showing.

He said West Indies would be confident after drawing their ODI series with top-ranked England 2-2 in March.

“The West Indies Cricket Board has brought back the main players who have been doing well in different tournaments around the worlds. They will try their best,” he added.