BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – West Indies captain Jason Holder spoke to members of the media ahead of the start of the Colonial Medical Insurance ODI Series against England. The first two matches will be played at the historic Kensington Oval in Barbados. First ball daily is 11am (10am Jamaica Time/3pm GMT).
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Tuesday marked “100 Days To Go” before the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup on May 30. The event will be played in England and Wales and will run until July 14. Holder said the Windies see this upcoming five-match rubber as a major part of the preparations as they bid to win the World Cup for a third time.
The 27-year-old added that the team was confident following their 2-1 victory in the recent three-match Wisden Trophy Test series – with wins by 381 runs in Barbados and by 10 wickets in Antigua.
“We’re pretty confident coming into the game. We’ve obviously had some momentum in this series from obviously winning the Test series, and we have some experience within the dressing room,” Holder said.
“We pack a pretty heavy punch. A guy like Chris Gayle is coming back into the team and we have Carlos Brathwaite at the back end and we all know what these guys can produce. I’m really excited by the challenge.”
“We start this series as underdogs again, but that is not a bad tag to have – obviously less pressure on us and more pressure on them. We just have to go out there and play the cricket we want to play and execute the plans.”
FULL SQUAD (with jersey numbers)
Jason Holder (Captain) – 8
Fabian Allen – 97
Devendra Bishoo – 70
Carlos Brathwaite – 26
Darren Bravo – 46
John Campbell – 32
Sheldon Cottrell – 19
Chris Gayle – 45
Shimron Hetmyer – 2
Shai Hope – 4
Ashley Nurse – 5
Nicholas Pooran – 29
Kemar Roach – 24
Oshane Thomas – 42
Colonial Medical Insurance ODI Series Schedule
1st Colonial Medical Insurance ODI: Kensington Oval – Wednesday, February 20
2nd Colonial Medical Insurance ODI: Kensington Oval – Friday, February 22
3rd Colonial Medical Insurance ODI: Grenada National Stadium – Monday, February 25
4th Colonial Medical Insurance ODI: Grenada National Stadium – Wednesday, February 27
5th Colonial Medical Insurance ODI: Daren Sammy Cricket Ground – Saturday, March 2
- Tickets for the matches are on sale at Barbados Cricket Association ticket office at Kensington Oval and online at http://www.windiescricket.comvia the “BuyTickets” button. Local fans can also benefit from a discount when they present their local ID.