Gibson shifting Windies' focus to World Cup

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West Indies coach Ottis Gibson had put his side's World Twenty20 exit behind him even before leaving Bangladesh, saying he was already looking ahead to the ODI World Cup in the Antipodes next year.

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson had put his side's World Twenty20 exit behind him even before leaving Bangladesh, saying he was already looking ahead to the ODI World Cup in the Antipodes next year.

The Windies were the defending T20 champions but were unable to get past Sri Lanka in the semi-finals, after a stop-start tournament. But Gibson moved along swiftly, saying he wanted to make sure the one-day side had a good platform.

Before going to Australia and New Zealand in February next year, the Windies have one-day series against New Zealand, Bangladesh, India and South Africa, and Gibson wants to ensure there is a cohesive unit on the plane.

Gibson said: "I've been speaking to Richard Pybus (Director of Cricket) 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.

"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.

"It would give captain (Dwayne) Bravo an opportunity to work with this group of players and get a brand of cricket that he wants to play developed and strong, so that by the time we get to the World Cup next year, the guys are ready to peak again and have a real good go at winning a world title.

"You have to look at where we are going and then you look at the people that we have in the Caribbean that are likely to succeed in those conditions and give them the opportunity to play.

"You will have a World Cup 30-man squad but by now there will be a core group of 15, 20 players that you will be looking to choose from and give opportunities to, and whittle it down to get to a 15-man squad as soon as possible.

"[You have to] get that 15-man squad playing as much cricket together as possible and start to develop some cohesiveness."

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