For Windies, losing to England at Old Trafford just didn’t mean a sole ODI loss. It was a large dent that decided their ODI future. It was dent to their plans for the Mega Event in 2019, the world cup. After the washed out match of Trent Bridge, it is clear that Windies would go on to play qualifying cup in Zimbabwe next year if the team want to make it in the 10 team list which would play the cwc’19.
On the brighter side, instead of showing any disappointment, the coach of the team, Stuart Law, indicated that they have a clearer sight now, and would plan accordingly. He suggested his players to make remaining ODIs of this tournament, and another 3 against NZ count. They are now preparing a settled, more balanced team for the qualifying cup next year.
He mentioned that every player chosen to represent the country should be aware of his role in the side. Veterans like Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels are part of the future plans, and they matter the most in their world cup dreams. He also said that if Sunil Narine makes himself available for qualifying cup, that would be an advantage for the Windies.
Another player they are seeking for is all-rounder Andre Russel. Everyone knows how destructive he can be with both ball and bat on his day. When he didn’t make it to the drug test on scheduled day, he suffered a one year ban. A return of Russel in ODI side can be table turning. In near future, Gayle is not perfectly fit to play the next ODI versus England, that makes way for Kyle Hope in the side. Windies would love that. Rotation of more and more players, and finally reaching the right combination to start their campaign in qualifying cup, and if everything goes right, the ultimate cwc’19.
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