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West Indies counting gains of playing at home against New Zealand

'If there's a good time to play New Zealand I think it's now,' West Indies captain Rovman Powell said. '...they're a little bit undercooked, the pressure is really on them because this game decides whether they go on yes or no...'

Our Bureau Calcutta Published 13.06.24, 10:52 AM
West Indies captain Rovman Powell

West Indies captain Rovman Powell File picture

West Indies are relishing the opportunity to face an "undercooked" New Zealand at Tarouba at a time when the visitors are struggling following their crushing loss to Afghanistan.

"If there's a good time to play New Zealand I think it's now," West Indies captain Rovman Powell said. "...they're a little bit undercooked, the pressure is really on them because this game decides whether they go on yes or no... but having said that we're not focusing on New Zealand we're focusing on what we have to do and once you do what we have to do then that will take care of itself."

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West Indies are focused on adding a third T20 World Cup title to the trophy cabinet.

"I think, when you look at the benefits of playing a World Cup at home for West Indies cricket, it's an enormous benefit. If we should go on and win the World Cup, it's the first team to have won a T20 World Cup at home," Powell said.

"And also, if you look at it from a financial standpoint, the boost West Indies cricket economy (will get) and how beneficial it is for so many different islands to be getting international cricket and international cricket of such good standards.

"That in itself is a beneficial factor for us and also for us as players; it's an opportunity to cement our space in West Indies cricket folklore. Winning a World Cup on home soil, not just myself as captain but all the guys I think will be remembered for such an achievement."

West Indies are looking at the gains and Powell feels his team "should be okay" even against the bigger sides.

"I think if you look at the last year, the last 12-14 months, West Indies have played very good T20 cricket. So, it's just a continuation of us doing that, even though it's a World Cup. The guys have done a lot of hard work coming into this World Cup, so hopefully we can show that hard work," said Powell.

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