Calcutta: Darren Sammy is confident that his troops will fire and help the West Indies in a successful defence of their World T20 title. The captain was bold enough to suggest that it could well be a “Windies double”, as he believes the women’s team, too, can bring glory to the islanders.
Speaking to mediapersons shortly after arriving in Dhaka, Sammy said: “We have come here to win the title again. We believe we have the firepower and the belief to do it again. No team has ever retained the World T20 title and we want to be the first team to achieve that feat.”
The explosive all-rounder was at the helm when the West Indies won the previous edition of the World T20 — their first — in Sri Lanka, back in 2012.
West Indies will play their first warm-up match against England in Fatullah on Tuesday. They begin their campaign against India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, on March 23.
Sammy also stressed on the great motivation his team received when they met legends Sir Garfield Sobers and Sir Vivian Richards at the recent launching of the West Indies Retired Players Foundation. The function, which was held in Barbados last Thursday, after West Indies won the three-match T20 International series against England at the Kensington Oval, was also the official departure reception for the team.
“I just want us to continue improving as a team and being consistent.
“In the Caribbean, we are blessed to have some of the greatest players and it was a real inspiration to be with them before we left for this competition. They gave us some words of encouragement and that was a boost for the team.
“I heard a speech from Sir Garry and he spoke about being consistent and doing well consistently.
“And that’s what brings about the success of a team when you go out and play. For you to win games, you have to be doing things well consistently. The basics of the game never change.”
“For us as a team, we just have to try and do that. And when we go out and play, remember the fans and be good consistently. Once we do that with the calibre players we have, we stand a good chance of being successful,” Sammy added.
Sammy also had his good wishes for the Windies women's team. "We spoke to some of the girls and they are really upbeat... We do back them to do the job.
“They are a great group and we feel they have it in themselves to make it a ‘West Indies double’ here in Bangladesh. That would be great — something that has never been done before."
The Windies women will play a warm-up match against South Africa on Tuesday.