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World T20: West Indies target historic double

Mirpur: Defending champions West Indies want to create ICC World Twenty20 history by becoming the first team to retain the title — and skipper Darren Sammy has even coined a mantra.

The jovial Sammy, exhibiting no tension before Thursday’s semi-final against Sri Lanka, said: “When we left the Caribbean, we had that as the motivation factor for us. In the last World Cup, the mantra was ‘one team, one goal’ and the mission was to win the World Cup. This year the mantra is the same, ‘one team, one goal’ but the mission is to retain the title.”

And Sammy is confident West Indies can achieve their goal. “Winning this cup twice is something that no team has done before and we are very confident that we can do it. Once we play the brand of cricket that we played in the last three games, there is every possibility we can do it.

“But we know it’s a game of cricket and T20 is the shortest format, It’s all about momentum and utilising the right opportunity. So far we have been able to do it and hopefully we can do it against Sri Lanka. We have a fair idea of what they are going to bring to the table and we just have to play our cards right.”

When asked why this West Indies side are so good at Twenty20 but not so good in other formats, Sammy said: “It is because we have a lot of experience. We have eight players play in T20 leagues all over the world. It’s just that we love that format and the type of players we have in the dressing room are more suited for that.”