| HOOPER: Optimistic
Colombo: West Indies’ captain Carl Hooper said on Monday that the Champions Trophy would be a close affair and promised to put up a good show.
“We have a good side and we are looking ahead to competitive cricket,” Hooper said after the West Indies team arrived in the Sri Lankan capital.
Hooper and left-hander Brian Lara — who have both played in over 200 matches — will spearhead the batting, while fast bowler Mervyn Dillon leads the bowling attack.
The West Indies are pitted against South Africa and Kenya. One team from each group reaches the semi-finals.
Runako Morton and Mahendra Nagamootoo return to the squad after missing the home one-day series against India and New Zealand.
west indies SQUAD
Carl Hooper (captain), Brian Lara, Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Wavell Hinds, Ryan Hinds, Ridley Jacobs, Mervyn Dillon, Corey Collymore, Pedro Colins, Cameron Cuffy, Runako Morton and Mahendra Nagamootoo.
Bangla not overawed
Bangladesh remain positive ahead of the Champions Trophy despite being drawn in the same group as Australia and New Zealand.
“We know that Australia and New Zealand are two tough teams. But we want to play positive cricket no matter what the outcome,” said coach Mohsin Kamal.
Kamal, a former Pakistani fast bowler, said the experience of Sri Lankan conditions was important.
He stressed that his spinners’ performances would be crucial.
“Alok Kapali and Mohammed Rafique are expected to do well,” Kamal said.
Khaled Mashud (captain), Khaled Mahmud, Monjurul Islam, Javed Omar, Habibul Bashar, Mazharul Hoque, Mohammed Ashraful, Fahim Muntasir, Mohammed Rafique, Tushar Imran, Alok Kapali, Talha Jubair, Tapash Baisya.