Windies leave for home today

When the West In­dies play­ers pass through im­mi­gra­tion to­day at the Gatwick In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port, they will fi­nal­ly re­alise that the ICC World Cup tour­na­ment is still in progress and they are leav­ing ear­ly.

A cam­paign that has gone ter­ri­bly wrong for the men from the Caribbean has seen them end in ninth po­si­tion on the 10-team ta­ble with just five points from their nine match­es. In fact, if you take away their open­ing win over Pak­istan that had every­one here ex­cit­ed, they got on­ly three points from their last eight games. They won their last game against low­ly Afghanistan, which means there was a stretch in the mid­dle that saw them col­lect just one point from sev­en match­es and that was a washout against South Africa.

 

The play­ers ar­rived in Lon­don yes­ter­day and some will de­part for An­tigua and Bar­bu­da while oth­ers head for Bar­ba­dos, as they go home and look to re­flect and re­build with In­dia on their doorsteps in a cou­ple of weeks’ time.

All-rounder Car­los Brath­waite, who didn't have a bad tour­na­ment, said: “There is a dis­ap­point­ment in the chang­ing rooms at not mak­ing the fi­nal four but we’re thank­ful for the good per­for­mances.

“Shel­don Cot­trell had a fan­tas­tic tour­na­ment and at times like these, it’s easy to let those things go miss­ing. But as a team we came to­geth­er, we high­light­ed the guys that we thought had good per­for­mances and the guys that didn’t will take the lessons and come back from it so we can start to win bi­lat­er­al se­ries lead­ing up to the next World Cup,” he told Guardian Me­dia.

“As a team, we need to re­group. We have some time off, some aching bod­ies will get time to re­cu­per­ate and then it’s about find­ing ways and com­bi­na­tions to com­pete and win se­ries.

the 2019 World Cup and it’s pay­ing div­i­dends.”

He added, “I don’t know off the field what the plans are for the 2023 World Cup but I think it’s some­thing we need to look at and build to­wards that.”

The West In­dies will en­ter­tain In­dia for three T20s, three ODIs, and two Test match­es from Au­gust 3 in the US and Caribbean.

Reporter: Vinode Mamchan

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