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World Cup a ‘golden chance’


World Cup a ‘golden chance’

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BRISTOL – Captain Jason Holder has underscored the importance of the ICC World Cup to the Caribbean, and hopes his West Indies side can make the region proud when the tournament bowls off here Thursday.

West Indies boast a fabled history in the tournament, winning the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979 – both staged in England – and reaching the final of the 1983 edition before dramatically losing to India.

Though there has been little success since then, fans’ expectations have been raised especially following the side’s 2-2 draw with world number one England in the five-match one-day series earlier this year, and Holder said they would be aiming to put some smiles on the faces of supporters again.

“We’ve spoken a lot about restoring pride to West Indian cricket,” said Holder, the world’s leading all-rounder in Tests. (CMC)

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