Windies open T20 World Cup title defence against England

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Jerome Foster

Defending champions West Indies start their title defence at the T20 World Cup on Saturday when they oppose 2016 beaten finalists England in the United Arab Emirates.

The West indies suffered heavy defeats to Pakistan and Aghanistan in their warm-up matches, going down by seven wickets and 56 runs respectively.

There are still some doubts over the fitness of explosive all- rounder Andre Russell who returned after close to a month out in the Afghanistan defeat. 

And as anticipated, the West Indies will have to contend with Sri Lanka at the group stage of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup after the South Asian team confirmed their passage  to the Super 12 stage of the tournament on Friday.

Sri Lanka sealed group “A” honours in the qualifiers after  romping to an 8 wicket win over the Netherlands in their final Qualifiers Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will now join the West Indies, England, Australia and South Africa in Group 1.

Meanwhile, Namibia secured a shock 8 wicket win over test playing nation Ireland in their final preliminary round match to also advance to the Super 12 stage of the tournament.



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