WC 2003 - WI prays for miracle, insists Caribbean cricket is alive

Published: Sunday, March 2, 2003, 22:04 [IST]
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Kimberley: West Indies team boss Ricky Skerritt was left praying for a miracle to save his team's World Cup campaign on Sunday but insisted that, come what may, there is still life in Caribbean cricket. After defeats to New Zealand and Sri Lanka and a rained-off game with Bangladesh, the West Indies' chances are halfway between slim and none. It has been left hoping that Canada can upset the Kiwis, Sri Lanka sees off South Africa and the West Indies itself beats Kenya on Tuesday to reach the Super Sixes.Skerritt isn't holding his breath and is already talking like a condemned man."Obviously after the loss against Sri Lanka, the boys are not in the best of moods," Skerritt said referring to the six-run loss in Cape Town on Friday."A number of things resulted in us being where we are. We made too many errors against New Zealand and the loss of two points, because of rain against Bangladesh, means we have no chance. "If we had those points we'd still have a chance. It's unfortunate but not unfair. We all knew the rules before we started. But a reserve day is something the organisers may want to look at for next time."The West Indies got its campaign off to a flying start with victory over South Africa on the opening day of the tournament and Skerritt saw enough evidence in that game to sense hope for the future."If you look at the West Indies' performances in One-day cricket over the last seven to eight years, there's been a significant improvement in the last 12 months," the manager said."We have made our fans quite happy with our performances and we've won the respect of the South African crowds with the cricket we've played. There's been a big improvement on England four years ago."We may not be able to make it to the Super Six again which was our aim but we do have some good material we're working with. Ramnaresh Sarwan is leading the way. Even before his innings against Sri Lanka he was up with the best averages in the tournament and his Test record makes him one of the brightest sparks in world cricket today."Copyright AFP 2001

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