Trent Bridge, Jun 25: West Indies captain Darren Sammy believes that with a "strong team" they can go all the way to the trophy in the ICC World Twenty20 2012 which starts in Sri Lanka in the month of September this year.
Speaking at Trent Bridge after posing with the ICC World Twenty20 trophy along with England captain Stuart Broad, the West Indies skipper was positive about his team's chances, an ICC press release stated.
Sammy was positive about his side's chances of winning the tournament and the opportunity for supporters to turn out in force to support the men's and women's sides.
"We're really looking forward to the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, we've got a strong team with the likes of Chris Gayle, the Bravo brothers (Dwayne and Darren), Marlon Samuels and Sunil Narine. I believe we have real potential to go all the way this year and claim that trophy," Sammy said.
He added: "We know that atmosphere in Sri Lanka is going to be great, they love to party watching the Twenty20 cricket so hopefully it will feel a little bit like home for us with the atmosphere. We've a tough group with Australia and Ireland - we won't take the qualifying side lightly, we know Ireland can cause upsets, they've done it at every ICC event they've been a part of to date."
Sammy was also pleased to see the women's sides having the opportunity to share centre stage with the men's games when it came down to the semis and finals of the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012.
"With the women's games free down in Galle, I really hope the people of Sri Lanka embrace it like the people of St Kitts did in 2010 when it hosted the women's matches. There's a good chance the West Indies women, who are in real form at the moment, could go all the way and I for one hope both the men's and women's teams of the Caribbean make it all the way and we can celebrate winning together."
The men's competition will be staged in Hambantota, Pallekelle and Colombo. The women's group stages will be in Galle. The tournament starts on September 18 and goes on till October 7.