Former West Indies bat­ting maestro, Brian Lara believes the Caribbean side remain a feared side in the shortest format but will not be among the favorites for next year’s Twen­ty/20 World Cup, in Aus­tralia.

West In­dies are reign­ing Twenty/20 world cham­pi­ons fol­low­ing their con­quest at the last World Cup in In­dia three years ago, but have since en­dured a run of poor re­sults, leav­ing them ninth in the ICC rank­ings on­ly above the likes of Bangladesh and Scotland.

The Twenty/20 World Cup is set for 8th Oc­to­ber to 15th November and West In­dies will hope to make their mark especial­ly af­ter pro­duc­ing a huge­ly dis­ap­point­ing show­ing at the 50-overs World Cup ear­li­er this year, in Eng­land.

In the wake of that de­ba­cle, Crick­et West In­dies have made sever­al changes, among them ap­point­ing Kieron Pol­lard as white-ball cap­tain and an­nounc­ing for­mer Test bats­man Phil Sim­mons as the new head coach.

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