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Clive Lloyd believes West Indies could surprise

 
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):

Outstanding former West Indies captain, Clive Lloyd, has cautioned critics not to write of the Caribbean side's World Cup chances just yet.

The Windies have been given little hope of winning cricket's biggest prize, against the backdrop of their poor run of recent form and the number-eight ranking in one-day international (ODI) cricket.

However, Lloyd argued that several underdogs - including the West Indies in the inaugural tournament in 1975 - had already won the World Cup and said once the Caribbean side gelled their performances they could pose a threat.

"When I see the players here, they must feel proud to be here. This is the showpiece of cricket. I want to see them happy, I want to see them go out there and give their all - blood and guts - because if they win this World Cup, I know a lot of people don't give us a chance, but you never know," said Lloyd, who was at the helm when West Indies won in 1975 and again in 1979.

"We weren't supposed to be winners in 1975, Pakistan were not supposed to be the winners in Melbourne (1992), India weren't supposed to be the winners (1983) and they came out of a situation where Zimbabwe had them 80 for seven (in a group stage match) and Kapil Dev played a masterful innings."

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