Clive Lloyd believes West Indies can qualify for top four
Former West Indies batsman believes that West Indies can qualify for top four of the ICC Cricket World Cup tournament after their 7-wicket win against Pakistan last Friday.
“The next week or so is going to be very exciting for this competition. From what I’ve seen so far, though, I think the West Indies do possess enough to qualify for the last four,” he said regarding how the team showed their skills in their first match.
“They used the pitch to their advantage in the sense that it had a bit of life and they put pressure on Pakistan. They didn’t handle it too well and overall it was a very good first game for the West Indies. They now have to keep things going and should be looking now to try and qualify,” he added.
“This game has proven that we have some firepower and that means we can match anybody in this competition. We have to try and test out of our batting now, that’s the real test going forward. We have to see how they do when they have to bat first and try and post a good total,” continued the left-handed batsman.
Lloyd also mentioned that since Pakistan has previously copped a few problems for the Windies, winning a match against them was admirable.
“I think Pakistan have previously given us problems so it was a very admirable performance and I can only wish Jason Holder and the rest of the boys well for the rest of the tournament. I’m sure they will upset a few of the big boys if they play like that.”
West Indies will play against Australia on Thursday at Trent Bridge and Lloyd believes that this would be an excellent game.
“Australia has got some firepower and some very good batsmen, so that should be an excellent game. That will give you an idea if the West Indies can qualify or not. It’s going to be a good test and I also want to see the game against England, that too is going to be quite the contest,” Lloyd said.