Captain of West Indies Cricket team makes brave statement that ICC South African Twenty is open for any team’s victory

Recently Chris Gayle was in hot water with the WICB’s Ken Gordon for saying things which management approved but embarrassed Gordon as it painted an all too real picture of the WI Cricket Scene…

Now, the on-again/off-again Captain – Ramnaresh Sarwan is also expressing some candidness which can be construed as disloyalty… When he was approached on who could win, wouldn’t you have thought he’d say the West Indies, and with some bravado if not gusto? But this is what actually ensued –

West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan sees 50 over world champions Australia and hosts South Africa as the favourites to take the ICC World Twenty20 Championship, but believes there’s a greater chance for any team to out muscle and out-perform the favourites in the exciting and super short form of the game.

Sarwan made the remarks while speaking with media in Johannesburg shortly after the team arrived in South Africa on Tuesday morning.

Following are excerpts from his responses to various issues raised with him by

On which teams are likely to be the favourites going into the tournament:

I think Australia and South Africa. We know how well the Australians play in any form of the game and also that South Africa is very difficult to beat at home. That’s not to discount ourselves, we are very capable but Twenty20 is an open game, there will be favourites but any team can prevail on the day which is what most people have been saying in 50 over cricket for some time but it is now more true in 20 over cricket.

On whether Twenty20 cricket is tailor made for the West Indian style:

The sort of players we have, we can be very attacking and flamboyant so it kind of gives us a better opportunity. People say we are better in the shorter version of the game and I agree with that assessment to an extent but I think it (Twenty20 cricket) also calls for skill and execution.

On whether having played in the Stanford 20/20 Tournament will benefit the players in the ICC Twenty20 Championship:

Yes, absolutely, we also had a couple of games in England earlier this summer and we played really well and we are looking to take that same sort of form in this tournament. I think Chris (Gayle) really led the team well in England. The guys supported him and I think it is a matter of us taking the form we showed in England and bringing it across here.

On his own fitness and form after injury:

I’ve been doing a lot of batting in the nets and a lot of gym work so I’m pretty happy with the way my injury has come along. I’m pleased and confident with the way I’m hitting the ball when I bat in the nets.

The West Indies play two warm up games on September 8th and 9th at Benoni against Kenya and New Zealand respectively.

West Indies and South Africa also square off in the opening game on September 11th at Wanderers.

Full squad with shirt numbers: Ramnaresh Sarwan ? captain (53), Chris Gayle ? vice captain (45), Dwayne Bravo (47), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (6), Pedro Collins (17), Narsingh Deonarine (66), Fidel Edwards (20), Runako Morton (37), Daren Powell (39), Denesh Ramdin ? wicketkeeper (80), Ravi Rampaul (14), Darren Sammy (88), Marlon Samuels (52), Devon Smith (28), Dwayne Smith (50)

Team Operations Unit: Mike Findlay (manager), David Moore (head coach), David Williams (assistant coach) Jacqui King Mowatt (physiotherapist), Richard Smith (strength and conditioning coach), Imran Khan (media manager)

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