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New Windies focus

DHAKA, Bangladesh– West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has already trained his sights on next year’s 50-over World Cup, in the wake of his side’s failed campaign at the World Twenty20 Championship.

Speaking as the West Indies prepared to return to the Caribbean following their exit from the tournament here, Gibson said he was already putting plans in place so the Caribbean side could compete strongly for another global title.

The ICC World Cup is set to run from February 14 to March 29, in Australia.

Gibson said that with series against New Zealand, Bangladesh, India and South Africa preceding the World Cup, West Indies had the opportunities to groom a core of players well in advance.

“I’ve been speaking to Richard Pybus about getting together a core group of players to target the 50-over World Cup, getting some fitness done and making sure those guys are at the peak of their fitness,” Gibson explained.

“All those [series] are opportunities to start to formulate a team or a squad of players that will then become the basis of the team that is likely to play in the World Cup, and get those guys playing together as often as possible.” (CMC)

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