Two-time champions leave early – West Indies tournament preview | Catch My Job


Two-time champions leave early – West Indies tournament preview

T20 World Cup

It was a disappointing tournament for the two-time champions, who won their only game and were knocked out in the first round.

Most of the runs – Brandon King (79)
Most doors – Alzari Joseph (6)

What was right

When things got going for the West Indies, they looked decent, and that was the case when they cruised to a 31-run triumph over Zimbabwe in Hobart.

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On that occasion, they got a strong contribution from pacer Alzarri Joseph (4/16) and his six wickets at an economy rate of less than seven was probably the biggest positive of the tournament for the Caribbean side.

Veteran all-rounder Jason Holder was also a model of consistency, with the 30-year-old adding 42 runs from two innings to his decent five-wicket haul.

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What went wrong

Almost everything went wrong for the West Indies in Australia, but it all started before they reached the country when big man Shimron Hetmyer missed his plane and was dropped from the squad.

It didn’t get much better from that point on with the West Indies batting line-up struggling to find much fluidity and captain Nicholas Pooran unable to make much of an impact either.

The news that veteran coach Phil Simmons will step down from his position at the end of the year was the final straw for the West Indies, who will now look to rebuild with a new coach at the helm and a relatively new captain in Pooran.

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Ireland were dominant in their chase of 147 against the West Indies and Paul Stirling’s half-century helped them reach the Super 12 stage with a nine-wicket win at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

What does the future hold?

The West Indies have already promised a full overhaul of their disappointing T20 World Cup campaign and also need to make sure they get their new coach in place.

The halcyon days of West Indies cricket are seemingly over and the new coach must ensure that the new breed of players are a dedicated group with the next big task of the 50-over World Cup.

After that, they must ensure they are competitive once again when they share the hosting rights with the USA for the 2024 T20 World Cup.


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