West Indies confident heading into T20 World Cup

West Indies' captain Kieron Pollard bats during the third and final one-day international cricket match of the series between India and West Indies in Cuttack, India, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019.
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Captain Kieron Pollard says West Indies team is unfazed by the prospect of facing world number one England, along with powerhouses Australia and South Africa, in the preliminary Super 12s round of next October’s Twenty 20 World Cup.
The Caribbean side, which is the reigning champion following their conquest in the last showpiece five years ago, has been put in a difficult Group 1 of the Oct. 17 – Nov. 14 tournament in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, which borders UAE.
Group 1 will also  comprise the winners of Group A and second place finishers in Group B of the preceding Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers.
“For us it doesn’t matter what group we’re in, we still have to come up against all teams. If you want to be the champions, you’ve got to play all the teams and you have got to win. It’s just a matter of continuing to improve as a team,” Pollard said.
The West Indies team which ranked eighth in the ICC Twenty20 rankings, has endured mixed results in the shortest format of the game.

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