West Indies aims to reach World Cup semi-finals, says coach Gibson

Friday, January 28, 2011

BRIDGETOWN - West Indies coach Ottis Gibson believes his team can reach the semi-finals of the upcoming World Cup, something they have not achieved for 15 years.

The West Indies has not reached the semi-finals since 1996 World Cup in the Indian subcontinent.

“I think we have a team that can win the World Cup. We’ll go there with the expectation of doing very well, and putting ourselves in a position that we can reach the semi-finals, which is a very realistic possibility,” Sport24 quoted Gibson, as saying.

“We would love to win and we will try to win. The aim is to reach the semi-finals and put ourselves in a position to capitalize from there,” he added.

Gibson also believes that their three-match ODI series in Sri Lanka from Monday will be a crucial opportunity for his team to get used to the sub-continents’ conditions ahead of the World Cup.

“It is a good opportunity to put some of the plans in place that we are going to take into the World Cup. When we went for the Test series, we did really well as a team and we made progress. We also had a chance to get used to the conditions,” Gibson said.

“Now we are heading back to Sri Lanka for these three ODIs, and we will be looking to put in place the plans that we will be taking into the World Cup,” he added. (ANI)

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