With less than three weeks to go for the 2019 World Cup, all the excitements and the curiosities have already reached the cusp. There have been a lot of talks doing the rounds regarding the pitches and climatic conditions in England, where the all-important 50-overs quadrennial event will be starting from 30th May. The most recent person in the list to put forth his opinion regarding the World Cup pitches in England is the former Windies skipper who led the team twice to victorious triumphs in 1975 and 1979, Clive Lloyd.
They will try their best
During a recent conversation, Clive Lloyd opened up on West Indies’ chances in the upcoming quadrennial event. He stated that he really hopes that the two-time World Cup winners will do well in England. Lloyd mentioned that the selectors have brought back those players who have been doing well in the different tournaments contested around the world.
“I am also hopeful my West Indies will do well this time in England. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has brought back the main players who have been doing well in different tournaments around the world. They will try their best. During the good cricketers have again come up with the intention of doing good,” quoted Clive Lloyd.
The former skipper reckoned that the bowlers will certainly have a hard time bowling on flat tracks in England. He stated that the upcoming 50-overs tournament will favour the all-rounders. Lloyd noted that most of the teams participating in this competition have some world-class all-rounders in their ranks, who can do the damage.
“On flat tracks the bowlers will struggle a bit. I think this will be a World Cup of all-rounders. From Afghanistan to England, or from 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,” the former Windies great added.
Pressure is always there for any international assignment
The former Windies cricketer revealed that there is always some pressure before any international assignment. He noted that the England players should not take much of pressure and should encourage themselves with a challenge to win the first World Cup for their country.
“Pressure is always there for any international assignment. They can encourage themselves by saying that they will be the first to win the Cup, which England have never won. This might motivate them,” he furthered.
The Windies legendary skipper hesitated on picking any favourites for the upcoming tournament. “Well, not one. From 1983 onwards, I have noticed the favourite team could not finally win the Cup. Did anyone expect Pakistan to win the Cup in 1992 or Sri Lanka in 1996? I am surprised England have not yet been successful in winning the Cup. But there is a strong wave in UK that England will do well this time. No doubt they had done well in recent years. They are a good balanced side. England will be a very tough competitor this time,” Lloyd concluded.