Sir Clive criticizes the planning of the Windies | Sports
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Former West Indies captain Sir Clive Lloyd has criticized the squad’s planning and said their form at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup reflects that of an “associated country” and not reigning champions.
The West Indies are considering an early exit from the tournament in the United Arab Emirates after losing their first two games, lost to England by six wickets on Saturday, then crashed in an eight-wicket loss to South Africa on Tuesday.
The loss to England saw them rank 55 – their lowest total for the Twenty20 World Cup and the second lowest for the T20 Internationals.
“Their planning seems to be everywhere,” Sir Clive said. “If you look at what happened – 55 runs we are better than that and the fact is also that our planning seems to be terrible.
“We had a great start [against South Africa] and we didn’t promote people in the right order. You would expect the captain (Kieron Pollard) to come and when you go nine [runs] a finish.
” You send [Nicholas] Pooran, who did not play well and you have [Shimron] Hetmyer, who hits pretty well and scored really well, so their strike order seems to be all over the place. “
The West Indies seemed to turn the tide when they ran undefeated 73 against South Africa, but collapsed at the back to collapse to an under 143 for eight of their 20 overs.
Opener Evin Lewis had the highest score with 56 of 35 balls, but Pollard was the only other batsman to pass 20 with 26 as the wickets fell steadily.
Sir Clive, former manager and team principal, said that with their power-play success, the West Indies should have gotten a more competitive total, but have been disappointed with their hitter’s confused approach in the last 10 overs.
“In the power play, if you hit 50 and you haven’t lost a lot of wickets, you’ve done really well,” Sir Clive told Starcom Radio’s Mason and Guest cricket talk show here. .
“You’re looking at a big score – at one point the predictor said it would do 174, but somewhere along the line we felt that this game was about hitting six. We were stuck on the border. C ‘is a big, big lot.
“If I’m 58, I’m looking to be 80 or 90. I’m looking to get some points if I’m an opener and take the opposition out of play. We were missing 30 points [against South Africa]. We beat until number eight and we still can’t get there.
The two losses left the West Indies with only a long chance to finish in the top two of Group 1 and advance to the semi-finals.
Lloyd captained the Windies until he won the One Day International World Cup glory in 1975 and 1979.