Windies can be the first host to lift WC: King

Published: Monday, January 8, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Crab Hill:Thwarting Australia's bid for a title hat-trick won't be easy but the West Indies can well become the first host country to win the cricket World Cup, according to coach Bennett King.

The Caribbean islands are hosting the 2007 World Cup and King feels West Indies' recent ODI form is enough to install them as one of the favourites.

''I think what we've seen is a progression of our play in the limited-overs format,'' King told reporters on the sidelines of a Carib Beer Series match between Barbados and Trinidad&Tobago at the North Stars Social&Cultural Club.

''The limited-overs format - at the moment - suits us better. The concentration levels are shorter. This amount of time is quite good.

With that in mind, we're optimistic.

''The limited-overs format is an interesting game. Anyone on their given day, if they have a good day, can win a game of limited-overs cricket. If a side has a below par game, they can lose. What we've got to make sure of is that we don't have a lot of bad games,'' he explained.

King, however, warns his wards against the kind of catastrophic declines which characterised their performance in the Champions Trophy.

''Our bad games tend to be the ones when we don't score over 150.

The better sides, their bad games are when they don't score over 250. We've got to work towards this.

''We've been winning games in the one-day format against really good opposition, which gives the players confidence. We've just got to maintain that consistency,'' he added.

King is also looking forward to the team's India tour ahead of the World Cup.

''I do not know what international sides would have been available for us to have a brief series in the Caribbean. With the ICC Future Tours Programme, the series in India was probably the best we could organize, since most of the other countries are involved in series.

''India was an opportunity for us to have some match practice ahead of the CWC 2007, and the guys would return about a month before the event to the Caribbean. They would still have a few matches in the domestic competition, so I am thankful we have these matches in India,'' he added.


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