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Is Windies good enough for CWC 2019?

The Windies (the new official name of the West Indies team) has been a bad One Day International (ODI) team for a number of years.  The ODI is the 50-over-a-side international contest that is the format for the Cricket World Cup (CWC) every four years.

When the CWC first began in 1975 it was played above 60 overs per team; however, after the first three competitions, West Indies winning the first two and India taking the trophy the third time in 1983, the Indians submitted a proposal as defending champions, to host the tournament in 1986/87. Because of light issues on the sub-continent unlike the long summer days of England, the number of overs per side was reduced to 50. Subsequently the hierarchy, with the agreement of all the teams, decided to stay with the 50-over format. Since then, every four years, the venue shifted to one of the various participating countries.

In the first three contests, the Caribbean players fought their way to the final, whipping Australia and England convincingly in the first two but going under to India in the third. These were played under the captaincy of Clive Lloyd and while the ratings in Tests at the time were climbing to invincibility, the ODI’s were in a free-fall!

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