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6 reasons why West Indies is MOST TROUBLED World Cup team

Last updated on: February 06, 2015 11:11 IST

Winners of the first two World Cups, West Indies head into the 2015 tournament with little or no expectations of success as the chaotic mismanagement of the game in the Caribbean continues to take its toll

Chris Gayle of the West Indies walks from the nets

Chris Gayle of the West Indies walks from the nets. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

1. Rows over player contracts led to the abandonment of the tour of India in October and the disputes over selection continued with the decision to leave out of the World Cup squad Dwayne Bravo, spokesman for the players during that dispute.

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Carlos Brathwaite of West Indies ducks under a bouncer

Carlos Brathwaite of West Indies ducks under a bouncer. Photograph: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images

2. Clive Lloyd, captain of the West Indies team in their triumphs in 1975 and 1979, also faced criticism for the omission of big-hitting batsman Kieron Pollard and questions over the choice of 23-year-old Jason Holder as captain.

Dwayne Smith of West Indies walks off

Dwayne Smith of West Indies walks off. Photograph: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images

3. Prior to heading to the World Cup, West Indies travelled to South Africa where they lost a three test series 2-0 and fell to a 4-1 ODI series defeat.

West Indies' Chris Gayle jumps as his teammates watch after winning the World Twenty20 in 2012

West Indies' Chris Gayle jumps as his teammates watch after winning the World Twenty20 in 2012. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

4. The World Twenty20 triumph in 2012 now seems like another false dawn, with the hopes that success in the shortest form would transfer to the ODI and Test arena, looking little more than wishful thinking.

West Indies' players are seen during practice

West Indies's players are seen during practice. Photograph: PTI

5. The frustration for Caribbean fans is that their squad is not lacking in talent -- especially in the shorter forms of the game -- but the constant wrangles appear to undermine the progress being made in finding young talent.

The current squad has a nice blend of youth and experience, some genuine pace bowling and quality spinners, aggressive strokemakers and agile men in the field.

The big question is whether the talent that takes the field against Ireland for the team's Pool B opener in Nelson, New Zealand on February 16 will be focused, motivated and ready.

West Indies' players

West Indies's players pose after practice . Photograph: PTI

6. The bowling attack looks decent with Jerome Taylor, Andre Russell and Kemar Roach providing pace although the absence of spinner Sunil Narine may hurt.

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