• Ambrose backs Windies for title

    Fast bowling legend Curtley Ambrose has tipped the West Indies to win the T20 World Cup in India.

    Ambrose, who is also the team’s bowling consultant, said the squad had numerous match-winners suited for the format.

    The West Indies is currently ranked No 3 in the ICC rankings for T20Is and won the World T20 2012 in Sri Lanka. They are placed in Group one for the 2016 edition, along with Sri Lanka, England, South Africa and the top team from Group B.

    ‘Look at the team that we have; half of the team are in demand across the world for different T20 leagues,’ Ambrose said.

    ‘So you may find one guy here, maybe two in this league and two in another league, but we have all at once, so we have a great chance of winning this T20 tournament.’

    Ambrose, who picked up 630 international wickets, called on the West Indies’ senior players to raise their games and guide the juniors. They will be without Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine but has enough experience and firepower in Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy.

    ‘The senior players – Marlon Samuels, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, captain Darren Sammy – have to lead from the front,’ Ambrose said.

    ‘From my experience over the years, when the senior players, the guys that we expect to really take the mantle and take the team forward, are doing well, automatically the younger players will step up to the plate.

    The World T20 will be held in India between March 8 and April 3. The West Indies start their campaign on March 16 against England in Mumbai.

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