West Indies coach confident of a good show by his team
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson was not too concerned by his side’s heavy loss to Sri Lanka in Thursday’s warm-up match ahead of the ICC World T20.
The tournament hosts eased to a nine-wicket victory with 26 balls to spare as the men from the Caribbean struggled with bat and ball.
Captain Darren Sammy and star batsman Chris Gayle were among those left on the sidelines so Gibson is confident his side will improve when back to full strength.
“It was an opportunity to give other people a chance,” said Gibson. “Obviously you’d like to win every game you play but the reality is this is just a warm-up. He added: “Looking at the World Cup as a whole we will need our bench strength so it was an opportunity to give those guys a run out.”
Relative newcomer Johnson Charles (30) and Darren Bravo (29) were among the few positives to come out of the match in Colombo but Gibson is hopeful more of his players will shine once they have acclimatised to conditions.
Gibson explained: “We only flew in here two days ago so our guys are still trying to adjust to the conditions and stuff like that. I thought Johnson Charles batted very well for us and young Darren Bravo in the middle order played well for us.”
West Indies play their next warm-up match against Afghanistan on Monday.