Defending Champions West Indies started their 20-20 World Cup campaign with a crushing loss to England. The Kieron Pollard-led side was shot out for just 55 and lost the match with six wickets and 70 balls to spare. Barring Chris Gayle, none of the batters could go past the double figure mark. After the humiliating loss, Pollard came down hard on the batters and said that getting bowled out for 55 is not acceptable from an international team. He added that the team will revisit their performance and will come back stronger in the next game.
“55-odd for an international team is unacceptable”. “Again as I said, it’s not something that we are proud of as a team. We got out. But I’m not going to go into what it is or how it is. Obviously, just plain to see, 55-odd for the international team I think is unacceptable and we accept that. So we revisit and hopefully, we come back stronger. At the end of it, once we have life, we have the opportunity to do things better. A lot of different things are happening around, where people don’t have opportunities to put things right. For us, we have an opportunity to, so we take a couple (of) days… and we see how it goes in a couple days’ time.”
The West Indies have won the tournament twice, most by any team. However, the fans are concerned about their fate in the current season. Earlier, they had lost both their warm-up games as well. The team is placed in a tough group where all teams are good enough to win against any team. Only two teams qualify for the knockouts thus West Indies quickly need to re-group and get back to winning ways. Another loss will get their campaign in jeopardy. They next play South Africa on October 26.