West Indies’ Windies

The West Indies have a proud history in international after winning the first two ICC Cricket World Cup tournaments.  They reached a third straight final in 1983 where they were shocked by India.  Since then they have been to the semi-finals just once (1996) and have struggled to contend for the title.

In 2015 the Windies could be considered something of a dark horse.  There is more than enough firepower in their batting line-up.  Chris Gayle is a man who could win a One Day International on his own with his destructive batting and he is ably supported by experienced campaigners like Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy.  However the Windies will need their batsmen to fire because their bowling attack does appear to be thin.

Curiously the selectors opted to omit Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the squad and these are two players who would largely have been thought to be key to their chances in Australia and New Zealand.  Fast bowler Jason Holder will skipper the side and the hope is that he develops into a genuine all-rounder.  That said, Holder will have the world’s number one-ranked ODI bowler to call on in Sunil Narine.  The Caribbean cricketers are in Group B alongside South Africa, India, Pakistan, Ireland, Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates.

Prediction: Quarter-Finalists