Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle will be central to West Indies’ chances, feels Clive Lloyd (AFP Photo)

West Indies had to take the qualifiers route to seal a World Cup spot, but legendary captain Clive Lloyd feels that they have the potential to be a formidable contender provided the right team is selected.

Lloyd was the captain when West Indies went on to win the inaugural ICC World Cup in 1975 before leading a successful defence of the title in 1979.

However, the once world-beaters have come a long way since then and are currently ranked ninth among the top-10 ODI teams. While don’t feature among the hot contenders for the ICC World Cup 2019 set to be played in England – the country of their previous two triumphs – Lloyd is still positive.

“I think they can be quite a formidable side if they choose the right team,” Lloyd said in London during at an event to mark 100 days until the start of the World Cup. “We have some good one-day players and let’s hope Mr [Chris] Gayle fires in more ways than one. I think they can do very well in this competition.”

Gayle would hope to fire on all cylinders considering he has already announced his retirement from international cricket post the marquee event.

England, the number-one ranked ODI team, kickstart the tournament when they face South Africa at the Oval on May 30. West Indies begin their bid for a third title when they take on Pakistan on May 31 at Trent Bridge.

“100 days to go to the World Cup and I’m sure the West Indies will be there, and probably win it! Good luck to them,” Lloyd said.