Ambrose: On paper, we can win WT20


West Indies pace legend, now bowling coach, Curtly Ambrose feels that the men in maroon have more than enough talent, on paper, to win the World Twenty20, as long as they mesh together.

With the likes of Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, and Chris Gayle in the squad, all of whom fetch top dollar in T20 leagues, the Windies should be favourites for the title, which they won in 2012.

Ambrose said on the CA website: "Look at the team that we have – half of the team are in demand across the world for different T20 leagues.

"So you may find one guy here, maybe two in this league and two in another league, but we have all at once so we have a great chance of winning this T20 tournament – just look at our squad.

"Marlon Samuels, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, captain Darren Sammy and all the senior players have to lead from the front.

"From my experience over the years, when the senior players – the guys that we expect to really take the mantle and take the team forward – are doing well, automatically the younger players will step up to the plate."

It's easier said than done though, as a team on paper is useless if they don't play well together, as has been the case for the embattled Windies over the past two years, in all formats.

Skipper Darren Sammy agreed with Ambrose in saying that they had the fire power and experience to claim the title again, as long as they kept believing that they could do it, despite off-field conflicts.

Sammy said: "The fact that we've won a World Cup means we know how to get it done. This year we're coming in with eight members from the team that won the (T20) World Cup so the squad is not lacking in experience.

"The guys are seasoned T20 players so in that vein, I believe we have the right personnel and right calibre cricketers to help us perform in the conditions in India, and we just have that belief that we can do it.

"It is not going to be easy. T20s is the format where the teams are much closer together (but) we still have the confidence that once we do the basics right.

"With the potential match-winners we have in that dressing room, we can be a great force to be reckoned with and go all the way."