Gibson: We have a must-win attitude

Chandigarh, India – West Indies Head Coach Ottis Gibson says there is no room for complacency while playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup and his team would be approaching each game with a “must-win attitude”.

“Nowadays you can’t be complacent... we can’t take any opponent lightly. We have to approach every game with a must-win attitude and go and put up good performances every time,” Gibson said.

“We have been working very hard and I like what I’m seeing from our players. We are moving forward with every day and the players have a very positive outlook. We have to continue to put together those good performances as we build towards the business end of the tournament.”

West Indies are third in Group B with two wins and one defeat and will have their fourth match on Friday against Ireland at the Punjab Cricket Association Ground in Mohali. It will be the first day game for the Windies.

First ball is 9.30 am (12 midnight Eastern Caribbean Time/11 pm Thursday Jamaica Time).

The Windies had a full four-hour training session on Wednesday as they prepare for the contest. A win on Friday would see them moving closer to a spot in the quarter-finals.

Gibson said he always felt that Group B was tough and his team would need to play well to qualify for the next stage. On facing the Irish, he said: “I don’t like calling them minnows”, and noted that every team playing in the event were worthy contenders. Gibson said the Windies had seen what Ireland did to England and they played well against India.

“I am not surprised by what Ireland have done. They have a very good coach, Phil Simmons, a strong competitor. We played against Ireland in April last before the Twenty20 World Cup and they did pretty well. They have been showing signs of improvement and we certainly won’t be taking them lightly.

“We saw signs that they can be a very competitive team and they have some competitive cricketers in their side. We know what to expect and we can’t take it lightly,” Gibson added.

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