DHAKA, Bangladesh – West Indies will start their defence of the ICC World T20 title when they face India in their opening match on Sunday at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.
On Saturday captain Darren Sammy spoke to reporters about his team’s preparations and expectations during the upcoming event. The match bowls off at 7:30 pm (9:30 am Eastern Caribbean Time/8:30 am Jamaica Time).
“I don’t think any team is an easy opponent. We will look to start off on a winning note. The Indians started off on a winning note against Pakistan so they will have a lot of confidence coming into this game. We will look to play our brand of T20 cricket and the guys are confident and we know once we play to our full potential we will be a dangerous force,” Sammy said.
“We’ve got a lot of experienced players who play Twenty20 cricket all over the world, like Gayle, Narine and Dwayne Bravo. We have a great balance in the squad.”
West Indies have 12 members from the squad which won the ICC World T20 title in Sri Lanka on October 7, 2012, including Gayle – the most feared batsman in the game; Narine – the best bowler in this format; and Marlon Samuels – the hero from that final in Colombo against the Sri Lankans.
India (squad): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt, wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane.
West Indies (squad): Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Darren Sammy (capt), Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Kishmar Santokie, Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Sheldon Cottrell.