Pick – Canada Can Spring Surprise
Canada coach Andy Pick believes his side can exceed expectations at the World Cup providing they cut out mistakes.
Canada coach Andy Pick believes his side can exceed expectations at the World Cup providing they cut out the mistakes which he believes undermine small sides' chances of success.
Pick's side take on Kenya in Group C in St Lucia tomorrow in a rematch of their ICC World League defeat by the Africans recently.
Former Nottinghamshire bowler Pick believes his side have the talent to reach the Super 8 stage against the odds.
He said: "All the coaches will have been stressing to the associate teams that you have just got to minimise the number of mistakes you make.
"There is talent in the team, but we probably make more mistakes than the big boys.
"There are basic things in one-day cricket – your fielding has got to be good, you have to bat for 50 overs and you have to post a score of at least 200 just to get in the game.
"We have dominated periods of games – we had Pakistan at 60 for four at one stage last week, although they ended up with 270 – and we hope to keep improving during the World Cup.
"But I've told the guys that Kenya is the big one. If we beat Kenya, we're just one lucky break away from achieving something spectacular."
Pick told BBC Sport: "We're under no illusions that we're going to win the World Cup, but it's not beyond the realms of possibility for us to qualify for the Super 8 phase."
Holland showed last week Kenya may be vulnerable, as they came within 10 runs of beating the 2003 semi-finalists.
But Canada also showed weakness in their warm-up campaign.
Ireland romped to a seven-wicket victory in Thursday's clash after posting a meagre winning total of 116.
England and New Zealand, the two favourites in Group C, meet on Friday.
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