Curtly Ambrose is currently the bowling consultant for West Indies © Getty Images
Curtly Ambrose is currently the bowling consultant for West Indies © Getty Images

Former West Indies cricketer and bowling consultant Curtly Ambrose feels that his side has great chances to win the ICC World Twenty20 (T20) 2016 to be held in India from next week. West Indies have won the ICC World T20 in 2012 and have been in best form since then. Currently they rank No.3 in short-format. “Look at the team that we have, half of the team are in demand across the world for different T20 leagues,” Ambrose was quoted as saying by Antigua Observer on Wednesday, as reported on cricbuzz. “So you may find one guy here, maybe two in this league and two in another league but we have all at once so we have a great chance of winning this T20 tournament, just look at our squad.” READ: ICC World T20 2016: Johnson Charles called up to replace Darren Bravo in West Indies

West Indies are placed in Group 1 in World T20 this year alongside Sri Lanka, England and South Africa. Another team who tops the Group B will join in Group A. Ambrose believes, West Indies has strong potential to portray their competitive side amongst the top teams on their side. “The senior players – Marlon Samuel, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, captain Darren Sammy and all the senior players have to lead from the front,” he pointed out. “From my experience over the years, when the senior players – the guys that we expect to really take the mantle and take the team forward – are doing well, automatically the younger players will step up to the plate.” READ: Franklyn Stephenson claims Curtly Ambrose incapable to inspire West Indies bowlers

Though the Caribbean players have solved their disputes with West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), players like Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo and Sunil Narine have backed out of the tournament for reasons apart from pay. While Bravo cited the reason of wanting to concentrate in Tests as the reason to back out of World T20, Narine pulled out due to “lack of sufficient progress” in getting his bowling action cleared. Pollard is still recovering from the knee injury he went through in November 2015. Backing out of the trio leaves an empty void of strong players for West Indies who are possibly the highest run-scorer.