Fresh start as West Indies prepare to face Ireland

LONDON, England -- The West Indies go into their warm-up match against Ireland on Tuesday confident of getting off to the right kind of start as they prepare for International Cricket Council’s World Twenty20 2009 Tournament.

West Indies Head Coach John Dyson said he likes his team’s chances of going all the way in the tournament. He added that the job starts when they face the Irish at The Oval at 130 pm.

“This is a brand new competition and a high-profiled event so it is a fresh start for us. We believe we have what is required but we know it won’t be an easy job. The weather has been good and we are looking forward to the game ahead and all the other matches ahead of us in the competition,” Dyson said.

He was speaking after the team had a three-hour training session at The Oval on Monday. The official tournament runs from June 5-21 and the Windies are in Group C alongside Australia and Sri Lanka. The first official match is against Australia on Saturday at The Oval followed by a meeting with Sri Lanka next Wednesday at Trent Bridge.

“On our day, with the players we have in our team, we can compete with any team in the world. The challenge for everyone in the team is to do their job and do it well. Twenty20 is the kind of cricket that one or two overs can swing the game, so you are never really out of it until that final ball. One performance or two performances can turn the game quite quickly,” Dyson added.

West Indies upcoming matches

Tuesday, June 2: vs Ireland at The Oval – 130 pm
Wednesday 3 June 3: vs England at Lord’s – 530 pm

Group Stage
Saturday, June 6: vs Australia at The Oval - 2 pm
Wednesday, June 10: vs Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge – 130 pm